Monthly Archives: April 2018

2018 Ivy League Commencement Speakers

You’ve worked hard, and it’s time to get your cap and gown and graduate! Your very first graduation gift comes from your college in the form of the commencement speaker. Chosen from the best and the brightest, commencement speakers send you out into the world full of hope and optimism, ready to take charge of your future. This year, the eight  Ivy League colleges are hosting some of the most exciting speakers we’ve seen. Here’s the lineup!

Harvard University

This year’s speaker is none other than civil rights legend and current congressman, John Lewis. Known for being one of the Big Six in the civil rights movement of the 1960s (a group that includes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.), he helped organize the massive March on Washington in 1963. He was also awarded an honorary degree from Harvard in 2012. An amazing legacy for a man denied a library card as a boy because of his race!

John Lewis, commencement speaker at Harvard, League91
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Yale University

This year’s commencement speaker for Yale hardly needs an introduction! Hillary Clinton, a graduate of Yale Law School Class of ’73, is probably the world’s most famous woman in public service. With over 40 years of leadership in politics and advocacy for children, Hillary Clinton is, of course, the only woman ever nominated by a major political party to run for President of the United States as well as a former first lady and Senator from New York.

Hillary Clinton, commencement speaker at Yale 2018. League91
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Dartmouth College

This year’s speaker is the immensely talented Mindy Kaling, Dartmouth class of ’01. Before starring in The Office and The Mindy Show, she wrote plays as a student — even winning the annual Eleanor Frost Playwriting contest in 1999 for a one-act written for the annual Frost and Dodd Student Play Festival! Chances are the audience will be laughing when this comedic wit takes the stage.

Mindy Kaling, commencement speaker, Dartmouth College, League91
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University of Pennsylvania

This year’s commencement speaker is Andrea Mitchell, Class of 1967. She’s best known as the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News and star of Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC. She got her start as a reporter for UPenn‘s college radio station, WXPN. She’s closely affiliated with the university today, as a Penn Trustee Emerita. She also joined the board in 1992 and served as Vice Chair of the board and on its Executive Committee.

Andrea Mitchell, commencement speaker at Upenn in 2018. League91
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Columbia College At Columbia University

If you’re a film lover, you’ll enjoy hearing Dede Gardner speak at commencement at Columbia University‘s commencement for Columbia College. She’s produced movies including Oscar winners 12 Years A Slave, The Big Short, and Moonlight. When it comes to producing movies, she believes in diversity. “It’s about storytelling, and to the extent that the choice of what stories get told lies in the hands of producers,” she said. “Then it is our responsibility to ensure that stories are told that reflect our world and our population and our citizenry.”

Movie producer Dede Gardner, commencement speaker for Ivy League Columbia College within Columbia University.
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Brown University

This year is the 250th commencement at Brown! This elite school does things differently because instead of a celebrity speaker, a faculty committee selects two senior Brown students to deliver short speeches. There is a main speaker for the Baccalaureate address, though, and this year’s speaker is Beverly E. Ledbetter, Brown’s chief legal officer and a community leader who helped to launch the Black Philanthropy Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation. She’s retiring from Brown this year.

Beverly E. Ledbetter Chief legal officer and community leader Doctor of Laws, speaker at Brown University, commencement, Ivy League, League91
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Cornell University

Dr. Martha Pollack, the current President of Cornell, will speak at her second commencement ceremony this year. She’s a computer scientist who specializes in artificial intelligence and was the Provost at the University of Michigan before coming to Cornell. She’s a big believer in college innovation. “We’re preserving the past, we’re analyzing and curating and teaching about existing knowledge;” she said. “But we’re also innovating to create the future through discovery of new knowledge.”

Cornell commencement speaker Dr. Martha E. Pollack, League91
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Princeton University

Eduardo Bhatia-Gautier, Princeton Class ‘86 and former President of the Puerto Rico Senate is this year’s Baccalaureate speaker. When announcing the news, the student president Brandon McGhee stated, “Throughout his public life, Mr. Bhatia-Gautier has embodied Princeton’s informal motto ‘Princeton in the nation’s service and the service of humanity’ by working on pertinent health, environmental and economic issues, and advocating for more educational and employment opportunities for youth in Puerto Rico.”

Eduardo Bhatia-Gautier, commencement speaker at Princeton University 2018. League91
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Good luck to the cast of 2018!

How To Rock Your Finals This Semester

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Heading into the library at Duke. Photo by Tatiana Dash. Shop League styles at the Duke University Store.

It’s mid-April, so you know what that means: FINALS! Studying for finals requires concentration, dedication, and perseverance — and we’re here to help. We’re offering up these study tips for you to do your best this exam season.

Know What Works For You

By now you’ve taken your share of college tests and quizzes, so you’ve probably learned a little about the way your mind absorbs and retains information.  For example, you may rely heavily on class notes and reinforce what you’ve learned through study groups, or you may work best by reviewing the texts alone. You may be a morning study student or one who does their best at night. You may be a visual learner or one who learns best by listening. The important thing is to discover what works best for you. When you find your rhythm, you’ll retain more information and reduce stress.

Don’t Forget to Fuel Yourself AND Your Brain

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Stay hydrated too! Photo by Robin Thady. Shop League styles at the William & Mary Bookstore.

Fatigue and poor nutrition can affect the way your brain works at the cellular level. If you’re hungry, anxious, or overtired, you’re not in the best condition to learn, retain, and integrate new information. It’s easy to short yourself on nutritious food and sleep when you’re crunching to meet a deadline—but you could be hurting your test scores. Make time for meal breaks, keep nutritious snacks handy, and get some quality sleep on the nights leading up to exam day. 

Ask For Help

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Ask a friend for help! Photo by Erin McGreevey. Shop League styles at Fordham University Bookstore.

Chances are some concepts will come easier to you than others. Don’t ignore the rough patches and tell yourself you’ll get to them later. Those are the areas where you most need to build your knowledge. So before it’s crunch time, check when your profs and TAs have office hours and make use of them. Also, if you thrive in study groups, try to work with people whose strengths are in areas where you need help. And be aware of your own strengths—they’ll allow you to help others who might be struggling.

Find Out Your Exam’s Format And Prepare Accordingly

Every exam is different, and there are lots of commonly used templates. If you know what form your exam will take, use it as the basis for your study and practice. For example, if you know that a significant portion of an exam will be multiple-choice, you can create your own practice tests (or have a study partner quiz you) using a multiple-choice format. If the exam will feature mostly short-answer questions, you can memorize a few key points for each subject area to include in your answers.

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Study time! Photo by Jessica Caruso. Shop League styles at the Ithaca Bookstore.

Try These Retro Tips: Mnemonics, Retrieval Cues, and Other Tricks 

The facts and concepts you learn are only helpful if you can bring them clearly to mind when you need them. So try creating some “memory hacks” that will help you retrieve the information you need on exam day. Mnemonics, acronyms, or other word games can help, as can recalling the context where you first learned something. Even smells and tastes can act as memory triggers. For example, if you ate a mint when you were studying, have one just before the exam. By creating a sensory environment that resembles that in which you learned the material, you can help your mind retrieve that material when it’s needed.

We hope you all ace your exams! Good luck. And remember, next comes summer break!

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League’s Starting Line Up: Meet Bernie Gillespie

League is the leading collegiate lifestyle brand that you know and love today thanks to our fantastic team members. We have great people working behind the scenes, and today, we’d like to introduce League’s Manager of Digitizing and Applique, Bernie Gillespie!

 “I’ve technically been with League for 18 years, but I also worked here in 1996 during the transition from the Manayunk location to the original Bridgeport location as an embroidery operator,” Bernie said. Since he’s been with League for so long, we naturally asked him about his favorite League memories. “That’s a tough one,” he said. “The Christmas scavenger hunt, and traveling to Pakistan with Carly & Saad last year.”

However, those aren’t his only memories. He also remembers how resilient League was in face of adversity. “The fire in 2001 was something that I’ll never forget.  It was truly amazing how quickly the company rebounded through tons of hard work. Hard times bring out the best in people,” he excitedly explains.

Bernie is inspired by the people in his life. “Music, family & friends, bandmates, hockey teammates, and Jason Kelce in a mummers outfit,” said Bernie. “Also, my dog Charlie who just turned 9.” He’s also inspired by a coworker here at League. “Ian Siler is inspiring,” Bernie told us. “He is enthusiastic and works extremely hard. Ian sets a great example for the rest of the team and brings a wealth of digitizing experience for artists to learn.”

His workers here might be surprised to know that he coaches kid’s hockey. “I started coaching Mite level (7-8-year-olds) hockey two years ago,” he said. “It is a lot of fun and infectious when you see how much the kids love the game and improve over the course of a season.” He’s got a few sports-related goals for 2018 too. “Fitness, Nutrition, and better patience on the golf course!”

Naturally, we asked Bernie about his favorite League product. “The ML510 Heritage Hood,” he said. “It’s incredibly soft and lighter weight. I wear it as much as I can.” You might catch him wearing either a Slippery Rock University or West Chester University hood. He started college at Slippery Rock. “it’s halfway between Erie and Pittsburgh,” he said. “After 3 years I wanted to get back closer to home and finished at West Chester.”

Bernie loves his big family. “I have three awesome brothers. My brother Mike had twin boys last year. Sam & Graham are the new pride and joy of the entire family!” he told us. “My older brother Tom lives in Montana and is an amazing chef, and I look forward to visiting him every year on our annual ski trip to Big Sky and Wyoming. My youngest brother Pete works at A Mano in Fairmount, and everyone should go there because the food is amazing. I feel very lucky and fortunate to have grown up with two great parents, in a small town during much simpler times where kids could run through each other’s backyards, and the only rule was to come home when it got dark.”

Brotherly love, and League memories…thanks Bernie, for all you do as a member of our League team!