Inclement weather in the New York area has forced beloved jam festival Mountain Jam to cancel all remaining performances for today’s schedule. The same weather that caused Governors Ball to cancel their entire Sunday lineup has caused Mountain Jam to make the same decision, as “severe weather” will make the performances unsafe.A handful of musicians had yet to perform at Mountain Jam, including Brandi Carlile, Third World, and The Avett Brothers. You can see the full statement from Mountain Jam, addressing refunds and more information, below.To Our 2016 Mountain Jam Attendees,We regret to announce that the remainder of Sunday, June 5th, at Mountain Jam 2016 has been cancelled, due to severe weather in the area. We are devastated to make this decision, but the safety of our fans, artists and crew always comes first.We need to evacuate the festival grounds immediately. We strongly advise you to leave the venue. If you choose to stay, please take shelter in your vehicles/RVs if they are immediately accessible, or in the Learning Center, Healey Brothers Hall or the Hunter Mountain Base Lodge. Please do not take shelter in your tent – it is not safe. Festival staff and police will inform you when it is safe to remove your tents/belongings from the mountain.All customers who purchased either a Sunday or multi-day ticket directly through the Mountain Jam website will receive a partial refund (including fees and shipping, if applicable). If you purchased a ticket at the box office, please retain your receipt and email [email protected] with your refund request. We are determining the method of refund and will be in touch with you directly regarding this process. At this time, we expect all refunds to be processed within 45 days of the event. All partial refunds will be based on the ticket price at the time of purchase.Only primary ticket purchasers will receive a refund. We apologize for any inconvenience, but if you did not purchase your ticket directly through the official Mountain Jam website or at the box office, we cannot handle refund requests.[Photo via Jennifer McKenn/Instagram]Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available, and thank you so much for your loyalty and patience. We hope to see you back in 2017 for a great show.
The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has named Aldís Elfarsdóttir ’18 of Eliot House and Hannah Smati ’18 of Adams House this year’s David and Mimi Aloian Memorial Scholars.Each year, the Aloian Memorial Scholarship is given to two juniors who demonstrate thoughtful leadership and who improve the quality of life in Harvard Houses. The award is given by the HAA in honor of David and Mary (Mimi) Aloian, faculty deans of Quincy House from 1981 to 1986. During their time at Harvard, the Aloians helped the Houses create a stronger community by incorporating an environment for social and intellectual growth. David also served as executive director of the HAA from 1978 to 1986. During his time, he transformed the HAA to be a more inclusive place. The Aloian Scholarship is given to commemorate the life and achievements of David and Mimi and to highlight the important community House life creates.This year’s scholarship recipients will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 26, during the fall meeting of the HAA Board of Directors. Aldís Elfarsdóttir ’18 of Belmont, Mass., works to create a more sustainable environment in Eliot House and on Harvard’s campus. As the Resource Efficiency Program (REP) representative and captain on the Eliot House Committee and a member of the University’s Climate Change Task Force from 2016 to 2017, she has raised awareness of waste reduction by creating programming for compostables and zero waste at House events. In her project titled “Networked Energy-saving Temperature Sensors (NETS),” she investigated the winter heating of Eliot House, creating a data-driven model to improve residential thermal comfort and building energy maintenance. Her House deans note that Elfarsdóttir “has woven her intellectual interests into community building efforts, at once creating environmental awareness, social inroads, and a shared sense of a greater goal for the students to rally around.”Hannah Smati ’18 of Houston seeks to model inclusiveness by seeking alternatives and creating new initiatives for all students in Adams House to thrive. As co-chair and former outings chair, she has reframed the House Committee as a default support system for the House’s residential community. Creating programs like the Student Photography Initiative to allow artistically inclined residents to participate in House life by utilizing their talents and working with the House administrator and arts tutors. In addition, she also formed a system of liaisons with the various tutors for each team (Race Relations, LGBTQ, CARE, Music, Wellness, etc.) as a way to discuss and encourage inclusivity. Outside the Adams House walls, Smati is co-president of the Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum, a peer counselor for Room 13, and served as the director of operations for the fall 2016 Harvard Arab Weekend.Nominations for the 2018 Aloian Memorial Scholarship will be available in March 2018. Any member of the House community — student, faculty, or staff — may submit nominations. Read Full Story