The vibrant, dynamic performances at the Harvard for Haiti concert on Feb. 12 made for a stark contrast with the reality of the Jan. 12 earthquake disaster in Haiti. But Harvard College students raised almost $37,000 at their sold-out benefit show at Sanders Theatre.The production was wholly underwritten by Harvard University, meaning all of the money raised will go to Partners In Health, a Harvard-affiliated nongovernmental organization that has been working in Haiti for more than 20 years.The concert, produced and performed by the students, featured performances that were varied in style but uniformly moving. Violinist Ryu Goto ’10 played with such passion that he frayed his bow.The Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble got the audience moving and clapping along in their seats during a performance of “Drum Call.” Following a reflection by Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds, the Kuumba Singers ended the evening with modern and traditional gospel songs about community and resilience.Sanders was filled to the rafters, as President Drew Faust noted in her welcoming remarks. But the audience extended far beyond the theater, as almost 3,500 watched live via Webcast. The online audience donated to the cause via the Harvard for Haiti Web site.After the concert, the Student Alliance for Global Health hosted a reception at the Queen’s Head Pub in Harvard Yard to help concertgoers learn more about the health implications of the disaster and what else they can do get involved. HHI, iPhone connection Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, addressed the audience … also mentioning a special iPhone app that was used in the rescue effort. Magic in motion The Caribbean Club Dance Team performs “Simplement Danse,” choreographed by Akilah Crichlow ’10. Photos by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Classic moment The Harvard for Haiti Benefit Concert at Sanders Theatre included student performers from across campus. Ryu Goto ’11 performs Paganiniana Variations for Solo Violin. Harvard for Haiti Benefit Concert Moore’s dance Merritt Moore ’10 performs a dance titled “A Day Without Rain” to the capacity crowd at Sanders Theatre. Piano man Charlie Albright ’11 performs two pieces during the benefit concert. Kuumba contribution The Harvard for Haiti Benefit Concert at Sanders Theatre included the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College. The University has established a relief fund for Harvard faculty and staff directly affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Donations can be made online, in person, or by mail through the Harvard Credit Union.
The Wisconsin men\’s hockey team secured the third seed in the WCHA Playoffs with a win over North Dakota.[/media-credit]The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team captured another WCHA Final Face-off Championship this past weekend after victories against the UMD Bulldogs Saturday and the Minnesota Gophers Sunday. In the process, the Badgers were able to accomplish two of their more important goals.“I think the most important was that we’re going to be hosting a game here Saturday afternoon,” head coach Mark Johnson said at his Monday press conference. “I think the biggest goal, from a coaching standpoint, was to make sure we came back after this weekend in that position and not let the NCAA dictate something else if you happen to lose that first game.”“Saturday’s game,” Johnson said, “put us in that position.As for the second important aspect from this weekend’s games, Johnson didn’t mince words.“You’re playing for a trophy,” said he added. “Last year we lost in overtime — (we) played well enough to win that game.“Let’s make sure we get it on the bus and take it back to Madtown.”One common themeNot only did they “take it back to Madtown,” but they did so in very impressive fashion.“Overall for 60 minutes, we played as well as we have all season,” Johnson said.And that is nothing new for this group of seniors, who have now won three WCHA championships, been to three Frozen Four’s and captured two national championships during their tenure at UW. In what is becoming their customary march deep into postseason play, the Badger coach pointed to the team’s ability to come together at the right time as a key reason to their success.“If you look at each group that went to the Frozen Four, they started to really come together late in the season,” Johnson said. “They started to play their best hockey the early part of March. When the pressure is on and you need to play your best, I think each of those groups were able to rise to those challenges and overcome the obstacles they needed to win hockey games, and what I saw this weekend was very encouraging.”One more crack for the seniorsWith the team coming together at the right time, the opportunity for another memorable postseason run is there for the taking. However, it will be even more meaningful for the aforementioned seniors.“I think if I’m Erika Lawler and Alycia Matthews and Jessie Vetter, it’s one more crack at getting an opportunity they’ve had before and been successful,” Johnson said. “They’ve held the national championship trophy a couple times; they experienced the defeat of losing the championship game last year. They’ve been on both sides of that emotion.“They have experience in these areas,” Johnson continued. “But it’s your ability to go out and … play your best game at that given moment and leave everything on the ice.“That’s this time of year and what you have to do. When you lose now, it’s over and it’s a hard pill to swallow. They experienced that last year, and I don’t think they want to experience that right now.”Looking aheadRecent history suggests next Saturday’s quarterfinal game against Dartmouth could be the Badgers’ toughest one yet.“It’s great to win the championship,” Johnson said, “but this next hurdle’s the toughest one to get over.”“I think the quarterfinal game is the most challenging, the most difficult for teams to win.”