Harvard Eats: Velozo’s Food Truck

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In cities across the country, food trucks have become a favorite way to dine on the go, and Harvard has been only too happy to hop on board. Every day, the Harvard Science Center Plaza hosts a selection of food trucks offering fresh, delicious lunch and dinner options.

However, just down the street from the Yard is a hidden Harvard gem worthy of the classic boast, “Before it was cool.”

Velozo's food truck on Divinity Ave. Photo by Caroline Matas

Velozo’s food truck on Divinity Ave. Photo by Caroline Matas

Velozo’s food truck is a family business that has served breakfast and lunch to the Harvard community since 1960. Every day, rain or shine, Dean Velozo is standing by with homemade bagels, soups, sandwiches, cookies, and a rotating cast of Italian entrees.

The best part? Velozo’s food truck is located right on Divinity Avenue.

Dean Velozo shows off today's batch of chocolate chunk cookies. Photo by Caroline Matas

Dean Velozo shows off today’s batch of chocolate chunk cookies. Photo by Caroline Matas

The HDS community have long been proud patrons of Velozo’s. Here in the Office of Admissions, we have been known to begin heated debates about which Velozo’s cookie is our favorite: could it be the red velvet, or maybe the s’more? Or perhaps the double chocolate chip? We’ve even had one brave-but-deluded coworker argue in favor of the oatmeal raisin. Despite our flavor debates, however, we all agree that Velozo’s has the best cookies we’ve ever tasted.

Tantalizing row of cookies at Velozo's food truck. Photo by Caroline Matas

Tantalizing row of cookies at Velozo’s food truck. Photo by Caroline Matas

But don’t take our word for it: plan a visit to Cambridge and try Velozo’s delicious fare for yourself.


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Summer in the City: Campus Volleyball

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Did you know that there’s a sand volleyball court behind Divinity Hall? Whether you decide to form a league with your classmates or simply use the court at your leisure with friends, nothing says “summer” quite like playing in the sand.

Students play a pick-up volleyball game behind Divinity Hall. Photo by Caroline Matas

Students play a pick-up volleyball game behind Divinity Hall. Photo by Caroline Matas

Stay tuned for more snapshots of summer at Harvard!

Commencement 2015

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Commencement Day at Harvard–a 364-year-old heritage–is so steeped in meaningful traditions and quirks that there is no other ceremony in the world quite like it. From each graduate school’s sunrise breakfast to the academic parade through Harvard Yard, Commencement is an all-day celebration of the years of hard work Harvard students put in to earn their degree.

Yesterday, our graduating students donned their crow’s feet and celebrated alongside their friends and families as they received, at long last, their VNIVERSITAS HARVARDIANA diplomas.

As we celebrate the Harvard Divinity School class of 2015, we look forward to the upcoming classes that will wear these robes, walk these halls, and become part of a nearly 400-year-old tradition whose legacy will become part of their own.

Graduating MTS Kevin McIntosh takes in Commencement Day events from higher ground. Photo by Sarah Guzy

Graduating MTS Kevin McIntosh takes in Commencement Day events from higher ground. Photo by Sarah Guzy

Neighborhood Spotlight, Part IV: A Tour Through Central Square

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This is the fourth post in our Neighborhood Spotlight series. To catch up on earlier installments in this series, read Part I, A Love Song to Davis Square, Part II, An Ode to Union Square, and Part III, A Tribute to Harvard Square.

For those of you who consistently hunger for a beautiful view of the Charles, let’s start at the Smoot bridge before we head to Central Square. With the Boston skyline on either side and Cambridge straight ahead, even the crankiest New Englanders find it hard not to enjoy the views on this bridge.

Sunset on the Charles in Cambridge. Photo by Caroline Matas

Sunset on the Charles in Cambridge. Photo by Caroline Matas

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Spring Celebrations: HDS’s Annual Baby Animal Extravaganza

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Last year, a new HDS tradition was born: Celebrating spring and reading week with the cutest procrastination aids around–baby animals! Last week, Animal Craze petting zoo of Winchendon, MA brought some of its newest residents to snuggle our students in the midst of their finals stress. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.

Photos by Aisha Ansano and Caroline Matas

Neighborhood Spotlight, Part III: A Tribute to Harvard Square

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This is the third post in our Neighborhood Spotlight series. To catch up on earlier installments in this series, read Part I, A Love Song to Davis Square and Part II, An Ode to Union Square.

Oh, Harvard Square, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

  1. I love that you’re so conveniently located, a place where everyone goes to meet for food, drinks, and merriment. Relatedly, no one has ever told you that you’re too far to visit (cough cough), unlike Davis or Union square.
Harvard Square. Photo by Caroline Matas

Harvard Square. Photo by Caroline Matas

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Neighborhood Spotlight, Part II: An Ode to Union Square

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This is the second post in our Neighborhood Spotlight series. To start at the beginning, read Part I, A Love Song to Davis Square.

I actually live solidly between Union Square and Porter Square, so I’d like to briefly nod to Porter—it’s a great area with a convenient T stop, Christopher’s bar and restaurant (come for the nachos, stay for the fireplace, but be sure to eat a lot of nachos while you’re there), and Newtowne Grille (their PBR pitcher and cheese pizza special is basically the only affordable meal on a student budget in the greater Boston area). There’s also Café Zing, inside Porter Square Books, which is my idea of heaven: a coffee shop IN a bookstore?!

But mostly, when I want to go out, I head to Union Square. Union Square has an eclectic feel. It doesn’t have a T stop, which is part of the appeal—it has more of a neighborhood vibe because most of the people who spend time there actually live in the area. It’s about a 25 minute walk from Union Square proper to HDS, but I promise that it’s worth the trek!

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Neighborhood Spotlight, Part I: A Love Song to Davis Square

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As our newly-enrolled HDS class begins making preparations for their relocation to Cambridge, they might be debating the merits of the various neighborhoods around HDS’s campus, which is situated near the Cambridge/Somerville border. Over the next week, various current students will weigh in regarding why their neighborhood is the best of the bunch. We hope this will give our new students a better sense of what each Cambridge/Somerville neighborhood has to offer as they find a new place to live!

If you are reading this, congratulations, because you are now one step closer to living in the best neighborhood in Greater Boston.

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HDS Course Spotlight: Three Students’ Semester Favorites

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As the spring semester draws to a close, three HDS students discuss their favorite courses of the semester.

Erika Carlsen, 3rd year MDiv:

My favorite class this semester so far has been Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change, offered at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS). In this class, we’ve learned about the difference between exercising leadership and authority, understanding the different ways in which group dynamics can affect our ability to effect change in a given system, and strategies for mobilizing groups to face difficult topics head-on. In addition to our weekly class, we also meet in a small group each week where one individual is responsible for presenting on a leadership failure she or he experienced, after which s/he petitions the wisdom of the group to help her/him address the blind spots that might have led to that failure. It’s a dynamic class filled with students from HKS, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and some cross registrants from the MIT Sloan School of Management. This diverse mix of students lends itself to one of the most interesting and engaging learning environments I’ve found at Harvard thus far.
Rod Owens blog picRod Owens, 1st year MDiv:

This semester I am taking a course called Sexualities and Gender in the African Diaspora offered by Dr. Jennifer Leath, a visiting professor. It is a course that explores our construction of sexuality and gender within communities of African descendants and how we can challenge these constructions within the context of religious expression. I am also a member of a reading group called Racial Justice in Relief where the practice of racial justice is examined in the work of several writers, including Ida B. Wells, Bayard Rustin, Howard Thurman, Dorothy Day, etc. The reading group is also taught by Dr. Leath and is an extension of dialogues connected to liberatory models of education and transcending suffering of difference.

Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 1.25.37 AMChris Alburger, 3rd year MDiv:

My favorite class this semester is Administration and Leadership, with professors Emily Click and Laura Tuach. Emily Click has us journal about leadership questions every week, write a personal mission statement, and do debates and role plays. Everything is treated as an experiment and growth opportunity. We’re encouraged to bring our whole selves to the classroom, take an honest look at ourselves, be vulnerable with one another, and make our own unique contributions. Last week, Laura Tuach started section by having us get out our journals and asked: “What is your sense of overall driving purpose? What have you been put on earth to do? What brings you irrepressible joy?”

“I Could Belong Here”: Open House and Deciding on a Graduate School

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As you deliberate on your plans for the upcoming academic year, you might be curious about how our current students decided to commit to HDS. Below, second year MTS student Cody Musselman reflects on how her experience at our Admitted Students Open House confirmed that she would thrive here at HDS.

Photo by Caroline Matas

Photo by Caroline Matas

In the spring of 2013, I arrived in Boston for the Admitted Students Open House at Harvard Divinity School. I was nervous and still unsure about whether or not I should attend in the fall. I was fortunate to have other offers and to be in the position of finding the best fit for my ambitions, interests, lifestyle, and personality. It was a wonderful, yet overwhelming position to be in. Visiting the schools in person, I had decided, was the best way to determine the proper fit.

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