Good cop, nice cop

first_img Meet Remy, Harvard’s rambling resident feline, and his family Big statue on campus Their favorite things Depending on whom you ask, the most photographed Harvard institution is either the John Harvard Statue, Massachusetts Hall, or Harvard University Police Department Officer Charles Marren.“I might be more photographed than the statue,” said Marren with a grin.Why, you ask? The 19-year police force veteran is tall, fit, very friendly, and very helpful. And then there’s that gleaming white HUPD Harley Davidson.Marren was immortalized on a digital camera for Crystal Wang ’23 and her family on their tour of Harvard 15 years ago. She was 3 years old when her father, Jim, newly arrived from China, snapped a picture of her in the arms of Marren beside his bike. When she got into Harvard’s dual-degree program with Berklee College of Music last spring, the Houston native posted the 2004 photo on Instagram.“My parents came to America to give me a better future,” said Wang, who doesn’t remember the photo session and didn’t even know the image existed until after she was accepted. “This was a glimpse into the future.”Marren can be found simultaneously smiling for a tourist’s camera, directing flatbed trucks, and reminding overzealous bicyclists to obey Yard rules. He spent 15 years patrolling the Yard full time. These days, he can mostly be found in Longwood on the HMS/CSPH/HSDM campus, but Wang’s arrival at Harvard necessitated a reunion — and an updated photo.“In your time here, if there’s anything you need, any issues you have in any way, let me know,” he said, standing beside Wang as a Gazette photographer captured new photos.,That kind of attentiveness defines Marren, who joined the force after retiring from Marine Corps, where worked law enforcement for 21 years, serving in Hawaii, Japan, Korea, and Washington, D.C.“It’s very hard-core, and a lot of bases where I was stationed are as busy with the same kinds of incidents big cities deal with. That was a contrast coming to Harvard,” he said. “My personality isn’t hard-core. The chief used to say, ‘If you take care of the kids, everything else falls in line.’ Everything we do here at Harvard is about that young freshman coming in. We want the kids to flourish, be safe, and have a little fun.”Deputy Denis Downing, Marren’s supervisor, called him “an ambassador of the University.”“Just last week I watched Chuck get ready to go on patrol, and the last thing he did before he left was to polish his boots,” he said. “He comes to work every day with a smile on his face. He enjoys meeting and helping people and that is why he is successful. He is an officer whom I can always count on.”,For Marren, a typical day in the Yard or at Longwood doesn’t exist, and he is as skilled at storytelling as mugging for the camera. Many fall into the you-never-know-who-you’re-talking-to category. There was the early morning patrol of the Yard when a man in a floppy hat reading The Wall Street Journal on the steps of University Hall started chatting to him. He later realized it was T.H. Chan.When former President George H.W. Bush received an honorary degree in 2014, Marren took his customary position, watching over the crowd from the stage at Commencement. Barbara Bush gestured insistently to him from her front-row seat in the audience.“I walked over and asked, ‘Is everything OK?’ and she said, ‘I came a long way to see my husband get this degree. Can you get out of the way?’” Marren recalled.There was the time Marren worked on a detail at Gund Hall. It was October 2014 and a woman came up and asked him where she could wait for her husband, who had gone to get their car. Marren made small talk as he walked her to the car, then saw the couple on their way. Five months later, he learned that his small gesture of kindness — along with some other positive interactions the couple had with HUPD — prompted the pair to donate $1 million to the force.“In life you never know a person’s story, so be real. I try to treat people the way I want to be treated,” he said. “It’s also nice that HUPD gets recognized for all of the around-the-clock hard work that we do.”Back in the Yard last week, Wang gave Marren a copy of the 2004 photo along with a CD of her debut album, “Sincerely.”“In police work, you can go from the tranquility of the Yard to a life-and-death situation in a heartbeat,” said Marren, visibly moved. “We do everything.” Not just a humanities cat Newly arrived first-years share special mementos from home Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Harvard is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Greater Boston, and perhaps the biggest attraction at Harvard is a sculpture last_img read more

Four more Irish boxers in European action

first_imgIt’s also Azeri opposition for Emmet Brennan, who goes up against middleweight Kamran Shakhsuvarly.While Joe Ward takes on Slovak light-heavyweight Matus Strnisko. Heavyweight Darren O’Neill is first through the ropes for Ireland today at the European Elite Championship in Ukraine.He faces Ukraine’s own Ramazan Muslimov in a last-16 contest.Canal bantamweight Kurt Walker takes on Azeri, Tayfur Aliyev .last_img

Mike Brown returns to Staples, says he has no hard feelings toward Lakers

first_imgBrown showed sympathy.“Mike D’Antoni is a good coach. It’s great they give him an opportunity here,” Brown said. “In time, he’ll get this thing headed in the right direction.”Did Brown receive enough time?“Everybody would love to have a ton of time to come together,” Brown said. “I would like time just like Mike would like time.”Plenty of Lakers players tired of Brown’s long practices, film sessions and morning shootarounds. The Lakers also felt information overload when they tried learning Brown’s Princeton-run offense last season.“I like Mike as a guy, his discipline and dedication to the game,” Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. “That didn’t quite fit here.”Brown’s struggling with Cleveland, which hasn’t lived up to pre-season expectations as a playoff team. The Cavaliers also traded All-Star center Andrew Bynum, who had behavior issues both with the Lakers and Cavaliers. “I love Kobe (Bryant), but Kobe and I got into it too,” said Brown, who once benched him late in a game. “Andrew wasn’t the only one I had a disagreement with on a guy on the roster. When you coach an NBA team, you have disagreements with guys on your roster.”Brown acknowledged he hasn’t kept in touch with most Lakers players. Gasol admitted he likely wouldn’t greet him at pre-game warmups.“I don’t really talk to coaches or players,” Gasol said, “unless they’re really close to me.”Yet, Brown said he’s still forged enough of a connection with Bryant. “We don’t talk all the time, but we communicated a couple of times,” Brown said. “The respect is there I think from him to me. I know the respect from me to him is there too. To be around him, I felt like I learned a lot in the short amount of time. We didn’t always agree, but I don’t think he always agreed with Phil either.”Injury updateLakers forward Xavier Henry will remain sidelined for at least another week because of continued soreness in his right knee. The Lakers will reevaluate him during their upcoming seven-day trip either in Chicago (Jan. 20) or Miami (Jan. 21-23), The last time he stepped foot in Staples Center, Mike Brown pleaded patience with the Lakers’ slow start and their learning curve with his Princeton-based offense.The Lakers’ front office didn’t listen. Instead, they fired Brown following a 1-4 record last season and brought in Mike D’Antoni in hopes that would boost a Hall of Fame roster toward a championship. It didn’t happen.Endless infighting and overlapping injuries contributed to the Lakers losing in a first-round sweep to San Antonio. Brown returned to Staples Center Tuesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coach, deferring questions to the Lakers front office on whether he was given a fair shake. “I appreciate the opportunity they gave me,” said Brown, who replaced Byron Scott at Cleveland after Scott’s teams went 64-166 through three seasons. “I have no ill will at all toward this place. I enjoyed my time here.”Brown led the Lakers to the 2012 Western Conference semifinals before losing in five games to Oklahoma City, a one-game improvement from the previous season despite various obstacles. The lockout shortened season. The nixed Chris Paul deal. The Lakers trading Lamar Odom. And, of course, the retirement of Phil Jackson, who won five of his 11 NBA titles with the Lakers. “Whether you’re filling Phil’s shadow or going back to Cleveland and filling Byron (Scott’s) shadow, you expect to win,” Brown said. “It’s all the same.”Not necessarily. The Lakers hired D’Antoni despite interviewing Jackson and suggesting he was the favored candidate.“Anytime you follow a great coach, expectations are way high,” D’Antoni said. “Every situation is different. In reality, you just deal with it and do the best you can do.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more