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

Q&A with Benjamin Reese, Walt Disney Imagineer

first_imgBenjamin Reese, who graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2010 with a degree in interactive entertainment, has a job which many on campus would envy: He works for Walt Disney Imagineering. The Daily Trojan spoke with Reese in a phone interview.Magic · Benjamin Reese graduated last May from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and helped create games for kids on the Disney Dream. – Courtesy of Benjamin Reese Daily Trojan: What does Imagineering mean?Benjamin Reese: Imagineering is the organization within Walt Disney Company which creates all of the attractions and experiences for the theme parks across the globe. We design, build and execute those projects. We also do work on the Disney cruise lines, so it’s actually a pretty large scope and we’re a pretty large organization.DT: Is there any specific project you work on?Reese: I assist in a lot of the projects in the first stage of development, a lot of conceptualization and brainstorming. I’m involved in a lot of those which unfortunately I cannot talk about. But there’s a few that I’ve been able to work on.The new Disney Dream [Cruise]— which just launched some of the interactive games in the kids’ space —  I was involved in some of the play-testing for that, as well as a project I actually produced and was in-charge-of-ish that just got installed in Walt Disney World in Epcot about a month ago, that’s called “Compose Your Own Figment.”It’s a little interactive kiosk experience where you create your own Figment character, and I got to be involved with that, which was a big privilege and a really great opportunity for an intern to be able to do something like that.DT: Did you always want to be an imagineer?Reese: I actually didn’t, I didn’t really know it was an option and didn’t really think about it too much — it just came out of nowhere. I’d always known what Imagineering was and thought that it was a really cool company, so it was really exciting to get the opportunity to work with them and work on some projects there. It’s been a great privilege.DT: How does what you learned at USC help you at your job?Reese: The interactive entertainment major is all about game design, and that’s something that has been very useful for me at my current job, because a lot of my job is thinking of fun guest experiences.DT: What types of activities were you involved in at USC?Reese: I played junior varsity hockey for the USC Trojans my freshman year; that’s a club sport. I was really heavily involved with InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship on campus as well.DT: What was your favorite class at USC?Reese: That is a hard one. One of the ones that had the greatest impact on my personality and how I approach life was completely unrelated my major, it just affected the way I think and the way I act. It’s called Theater Games and Improvisation, THTR 122, with Eric Trules.DT: What is your best memory from USC?Reese: That’s very difficult. I think my consistent best memories are late-night TroGro runs.DT: What is one piece of advice you would give to current students?Reese: Diversify your experience. I know that’s kind of hard for some of the engineering students, but I was an interactive entertainment major, and I took classes in pretty much everything. I just took stuff that was really interesting to me.last_img read more

WWE Hell In A Cell: Charlotte Flair wins 10th Women’s Championship

first_img Written By FOLLOW US First Published: 7th October, 2019 11:50 IST The WWE Hell In A Cell Pay-per-view took place on Monday in Sacramento, California. SmackDown women’s champion Bayley faced “The Queen” Charlotte Flair in a match for the championship. Charlotte capitalised on a distracted Bayley to win the championship and become a 10-time women’s champion. Let us take a look at what happened in the match.ALSO READ | WWE Hell in a Cell results: Reigns and Bryan defeat Harper and RowanMatch detailsThe match started with Charlotte gaining a lot of momentum in the earlier phase. Bayley came back and landed some important blows on Charlotte which shifted the momentum towards her for some time before Charlotte made a comeback. Charlotte then targeted Bayley’s left knee as she assaulted the turnbuckle. They exchanged blows after which Bayley tried to pin Charlotte by cheating and taking help of the ropes but the referee caught her. Mrigank Pandey WATCH US LIVE ALSO READ | WWE RAW: Charlotte Flair’s toughest in-ring competitors in the WWEWhy were they fighting?Charlotte and the former women’s champion Bayley met at Clash of Champions last month where Bayley defended her title after using an exposed turnbuckle to her advantage. The two superstars had been fighting since then with the involvement of Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. The four had a Tag-Team match on the October 4 Season Premiere of Friday Night Smackdown where Lynch and Charlotte won and earned Charlotte a rematch for the title at Hell in a Cell. This is now Charlotte Flair’s 10th WWE Women’s Championship title.ALSO READ | Brock Lesnar to Bobby Lashley, wrestlers who have excelled outside WWE center_img COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US ALSO READ | WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 results: Becky Lynch takes down Sasha BanksBayley started explaining to the referee how she was sorry and while she was indulged in her conversation, Charlotte landed a kick on her that made her disoriented. Charlotte then landed a Figure Eight submission lock on Bayley and Bayley tapped out in no time. With this, Charlotte won her 10th Women’s Championship. Last Updated: 7th October, 2019 11:50 IST WWE Hell In A Cell: Charlotte Flair Wins 10th Women’s Championship The WWE Hell In a Cell PPV saw Charlotte Flair fighting Women’s Champion Bayley. Let us look at the match and see how it unfolded and how Charlotte won.last_img read more