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Kate Zernike ’86 was at her home in Montclair, N.J., getting her two boys — Frits, 8, and Nicolaas, 6 — ready for school on May 13 when a text message popped up on her cell phone. A friend was asking if she could drop off her own son at Kate’s house before the school bus arrived. There had been an accident in Philadelphia, the friend reported, and she needed to get to the hospital where the friend’s husband was to undergo emergency surgery.
Then came an email from Zernike’s boss, the Metro editor at The New York Times, Wendell Jamieson. “Can I lend you to National?” he asked. Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188, on its way from Washington to New York and carrying 238 passengers, had crashed at 9:30 p.m. the night before.
Zernike needed to start reporting. Read the full article
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2016
Joint Statement from St. George’s School and SGS for HealingSt. George’s School and SGS for Healing today announced the retention of a new independent investigator, after being unable to reach agreement on legal terms of engagement with Scott Harshbarger and his firm, Casner & Edwards. The inability to reach agreement with Casner had nothing to do with the purpose of the independent investigation, or any underlying facts. All parties have great respect for Mr. Harshbarger and his work, and remain committed to conducting an independent, comprehensive and thorough investigation.
To that end, St. George’s School and SGS for Healing are pleased to announce that Martin F. Murphy, a partner at the law firm of Foley Hoag in Boston, has agreed to serve as the independent investigator. Mr. Murphy is a former First Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County and former Chief of the Major Crimes Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. He has an outstanding reputation and a proven track record as an investigator and courtroom advocate.
"The board is committed to seeking the truth and ensuring that all the facts are reviewed by the independent investigator. We look forward at Mr. Murphy's involvement and pledge the full support of St. George's during his investigation."
On a recent construction tour inside the new SG Academic Center, which will open in two phases to students this year, Director of Technology Robyn Johnson was finally able to get a firsthand look at the results of a massive assignment: outfitting the new building with nearly $1 million worth of tech equipment.
Johnson and her team have spent the last two years researching, consulting with faculty and manufacturers, testing demonstration models and shopping for the latest academic-centered technology.
Here’s a run-down of what’s inside St. George’s newest academic building ... Read the full article
When she moved to Rwanda 10 years ago, Catherine Farmer ’15 remembers looking out the window of the car and seeing prisoners in pink jumpsuits working alongside the road. It was the period of reintegration in the country: A decade after the 100-day conflict that killed an estimated 800,000 people, many of those convicted of committing acts contributing to the genocide were serving out the ends of their sentences — doing manual labor in the community, like building homes for genocide survivors, schools and parks.
Today the image remains embedded in Farmer’s mind as a symbol of healing.
“Even then, although there was still some tension,” she said, “there was also a communal sense of loss — and that push … that want … that everyone wanted to make Rwanda better again. They wanted to remake those ties. They wanted to forgive — and they did.”
In many ways, that sentiment was at the heart of a play Farmer wrote along with her friend Laurie Germain ’15 that was performed on the Hilltop this spring. Read the full article
When students come to St. George’s, they meet friends from all over the country and the world — making the Hilltop a truly vibrant place to live and learn. So what better place to collect some travel tips?
We tapped into a few of the diverse cultural backgrounds of our student body — whose hometowns range from communities in the Deep South of the U.S. to urban centers in Asia — to gather some insider secrets for our own next adventures ... Read the full article
You might call him a sailor’s sailor.
As a regional administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, John Bullard ’65 spends his days helping to make sure the ocean stays healthy for all of us. That means he’s often talking to the men and women who ply their trade on the water — people, he says, with whom he speaks a common language.
“The ocean is just an amazing place. It teaches you an awful lot. It’s spiritual. It’s my church,” said Bullard, who grew up in New Bedford, Mass., sailing his parents’ Beetle Cat in Buzzards Bay.
“That’s one of the reasons I like the job I have now is that fishermen, who do that for a living, know exactly what I’m talking about.” Read the full article
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