While Widespread Panic was wrapping up their winter tour with a killer performance at the Civic Center in Savannah, GA (Watch highlights here), it seems local police were working on a performance of their own. The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, as well as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, ran an undercover operation at the concert, ultimately arresting eight fans on felony drug charges.The agents actually attended the concert, where they were able to purchase controlled substances like LSD and heroin, as well as a cannister of nitrous oxide. The report in Savannah Now indicates that US currency and a vehicle were also seized in the operation. The report also features this damning parking lot photo:Naturally, the connection between drugs, law enforcement, and Widespread Panic conjures the memory of Troy Goode, who lost his life after being restrained by authorities outside of a WSP show last summer. More on that story can be read here. When law enforcement and live music cross paths, the result is never pretty. That’s why organizations like the Drug Policy Alliance exist, to get people help without damning them for their actions.If you’re heading to a concert, be safe!
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Many students come from great distances to learn at Harvard, but few have traversed such disparate worlds as Moana ′Ulu′ave. You might even say her journeys would make a fantastic story.Born to parents and grandparents from the South Pacific island nation of Tonga, ′Ulu′ave, 26, grew up among the frosty peaks of Salt Lake City, Utah, where her family settled in 1986 to find better economic and educational opportunities and to be close to the spiritual heart of their Mormon faith.Her grandfather once farmed taro and manioc (cassava) roots; her mother, Losaline, works at a book bindery; her father, Alama, was until recently a maintenance worker at the University of Utah. All set high expectations for ′Ulu′ave and her five sisters.“He used to drive us around and point out the law school and the medical school and say, ‘One day you’re going to come here,’” said ′Ulu′ave, a spoken-word storyteller and writer in the Arts in Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), who is receiving her master’s degree. “I always thought it was strange that he didn’t have that dream for himself.”Despite living half a world away, Tonga’s rich cultural history and oral traditions were always close at hand. ′Ulu′ave’s grandmother is known as “a keeper of stories,” while her father often makes videos of storytelling to preserve them for future generations. “I grew up with them telling me stories,” she said. “I didn’t know I was learning those things, but the stories were everywhere. I just had to pick them up and tell them as well.”Beyond class, ′Ulu′ave helped lead a weekly writing course at a women’s prison in Framingham, Mass., as part of a program run by Boston University.“For me, prison means something different. I come from a working-class background. I have friends who are in prison. I look around and I think: These women could be any of my relatives in a lot of ways,” she said. “For a lot of women there, education is redemptive. You’ve been punished, that’s why you’re in prison, and the only thing of your own that you have is your mind. And here you are, exerting that power that you have to obtain a piece of paper that says ‘Hey, you’re still valuable in society.’”A Gates Millennium Scholarship winner, ′Ulu′ave graduated from Brigham Young University in 2012, leaving the familiar, communal comforts behind to live in Cambridge, “a place that has no context for me,” she said. “I was so surprised at how much the relationships here meant to me. I didn’t know I’d find community.”“Moana has got this incredible joy and humor, but she is a deeply and profoundly serious person,” said Steven Seidel, the Patricia Bauman and John Landrum Bryant Lecturer on Arts in Education and director of HGSE’s Arts in Education Program. “She’s enormously intellectually curious and hungry,” with a very clear sense of the importance and power of community, he said.′Ulu′ave received the Intellectual Contribution award, an honor given annually to one student in each HGSE master’s program.“So many of her peers nominated her for that award and spoke about being inspired by her as … one of the few Tongan students to ever come to Harvard,” said Seidel, “but also just as someone who is both growing and curious and evolving and also so deeply rooted in her values and the values of her culture. It’s been inspiring to all of us — certainly inspiring to me.”As the first in her family to earn an advanced degree, ′Ulu′ave said dozens of far-flung relatives will join her here to celebrate.“In terms of my community and my family, this is making real a lot of dreams that they’ve had for generations. And when I say, ‘I am graduating,’ the indigenous ‘I’ is always the ‘We.’ So, ‘We are graduating.’ I appreciate all the sacrifices that were made even before I stepped on this campus.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R), visiting Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (2nd L) and their wives pose for a photo during a welcoming ceremony in Beijing, capital of China, March 31, 2015. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)Chinese President Xi Jinping has held talks Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Beijing.The two leaders highly praised the two nations’ cooperation, and agreed to seek opportunity and broaden cooperation in future.President Xi said the nations should strengthen cooperation based on mutual benefits and be a model for international relations.Premier Li keqiang also met with Meseveni.Premier Li said China’s advantage in infrastructure building can meet the demand of Uganda.China is willing to share experience with Uganda and boost the construction of airport, railways and other infrastructure projects.Agreements signed between Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and his Chinese Counterpart Xi Jinping have been welcomed by many Ugandans.Locals believe cooperation in the area of infrastructure, mining and tourism will boost the development of the East African nation.Here’s a sample of their views: DEBORAH KARUNGI – Global logistics”There will be development of infrastructure because I believe roads will be constructed and transport will be easy may be people from the rural areas will also benefit”SANDRA ASHABA – Global logistics”There will be reduction in power shortages and more development in industries.”SHABAN OPENDI – Security guard”When Karuma Dam has been developed I know we are going to get electricity, Ugandans are going to get employment and we are going to add value in technology.”SHEEBA NYAKATO – Clearing and forwarding agent”The dam will help us to have power at all costs the hospitals will have power and the Industries.The knowledge I have with clearing and forwarding it will also help us to transport our goods….and may be they will employ more people ton work at the dam”Sound Bite: JAMES MUGABO —businessman.”If they come and set up Industries in Uganda we get benefits in terms of labor….and when these people are making profits they have to pay revenue in our country so those are benefits.”