Read Full Story “The sky is the limit.” The familiar words of encouragement, spoken on the occasion of the Tazuko Ajiro Monane Award and Noma-Reischauer Prize Ceremony, personified this year’s recipients. The annual event, held December 4, honored four students for their exceptional achievements in fields related to the study of Japan. The ceremony is organized by the Japanese Language Program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies. Yuko Kageyama-Hunt, senior preceptor in Japanese, introduced Allejah Franco and Eagon Meng, the undergraduate recipients of the Monane award. Speaking from personal experience, she shared the idiom as an homage to Tazuko Monane, former director of the JLP and namesake of the award, who used the saying to inspire her students. Upon accepting the awards in both Japanese and English, it was clear that limitations were of no concern for Franco and Meng, whose speeches demonstrated the highest proficiency in the language. The Monane award is granted to students who have completed at least two years of Japanese language study at Harvard and show promise in applying the language professionally or academically in the future.
Diana’s Statement Jewelry of the Week!There’s (gasp) no new power necklace this week, but with the combination of those earrings and that gold jacket, this is a power everything look. It’s as if Elvis had an affinity for turquoise and was also the Marketing Director at a New York publishing firm. The Mysteries of TorahOkay, let’s get to main event: the titular hot mitzvah. Lauren delivers her d’var Torah, in which she A) unintentionally reads Liza for not coming forward with the truth, and B) title-drops Younger twice. I once attended a bat mitzvah that was Grease-themed and I thought that was fun. But Lauren’s hot mitzvah puts that milkshake bar and commemorative LP to shame. Here are three things that make a hot mitzvah hot: The Mysteries of LizaHot mitzvahs are the perfect time to tell your lover a big secret. Kelsey and Thad almost come forward about their respective affairs in a rather lackluster mutual admission. But unlike Kelsey, Liza knows she can’t speak in ambiguities. She tells Josh what she wishes she could have long ago, and he leaves. With one episode left, will he come to love Liza despite her age? Will she still fly under the radar at Empirical? Will Diana bless us with one final statement necklace? ‘Yo Mamma’s Spank Bank’No hot mitzvah is complete without a DJ who introduces himself as “Yo Mamma’s Spank Bank.” Liza’s into it, as evident by these sweet moves… Club DrugsAnother hot mitzvah necessity? Lauren’s special hot mitzvah shooters, aka Manischevitz and…Molly (a.k.a. Ecstasy)! L’chaim/don’t do drugs? Sutton Foster Put on your favorite scarf and get ready for the penultimate Younger recap of season one! Last week, Liza faced an upsetting setback at Empirical and drank some wine with Lauren and her fam. This week, she’s back on her feet at work and…oh. She’s still drinking wine (well, Manischewitz, among other things) with Lauren and her fam. Lauren throws a hot mitzvah (a not-exactly-traditional Jewish celebration 13 years after her bat mitzvah), and it’s apparently the perfect place to make bold, relationship status-altering revelations. But first, Liza locks down a book doctor gig at Empirical. Read all about it below!EPISODE 11: Hot MitzvahLiza the Literate Makes a ComebackCurled up on the couch and popcorn at her side, Liza embraces her inner Olivia Pope as she tries her hand a book doctoring for a woman in her 40s. To no one’s surprise, Liza flourishes when able to shed her—all together, now—younger façade. She nails it, and at Kelsey/Kelsey’s topknot’s insistence, Charles arranges a meeting between Liza the book doctor and Megan the author. It seems to go well as Liza offers unexpected insight, but as it turns out, Megan wasn’t feeling it. What’s important, though, is that Liza is being pushed and recognized by Charles; we’re honestly more worried about him finding out her secret than Josh. View Comments Molly-Fueled Makeouts with MaggieIn Lauren’s aforementioned d’var Tovah, she lamented her 13-year-old self’s insecurity. But that’s about to change. She’s kissing who she wants to kiss: Maggie, the lesbian artist you only wish were your friend! Star Files
Mini cast members are on the way! Brittany Cartwright, Scheana Shay and more Vanderpump Rules stars have shared their baby bump progress over the course of their pregnancies.The Kentucky native announced in September 2020 that she and her husband, Jax Taylor, have a little one on the way. “Mom and Dad,” she captioned an Instagram slideshow at the time. “The love of our lives is coming soon.”- Advertisement – As for Shay, the “Good As Gold” singer suffered a miscarriage in June 2020 and announced four months later that she is pregnant again.“IT’S ALL HAPPENING APRIL 2021,” the California native captioned an October 2020 Instagram photo of herself and boyfriend Brock Davies holding a positive pregnancy test and a sonogram shot. “We are expecting our rainbow baby. … The most amazing news of my life!”- Advertisement – She and the Michigan native used blue confetti poppers to reveal the sex of their baby boy one week later. Cartwright cradled her baby bump in party pics alongside her fellow pregnant costars, Lala Kent and Stassi Schroeder.The following month, Cartwright stood up for herself after the size of her stomach was criticized. She posted a paragraph about the ranges of 16-week bumps in October 2020, reading, “Believe it or not, some women don’t really show at 16 weeks pregnant, while others have pronounced bumps. The wide variety of baby bumps can be attributed to everything from a woman’s size and shape to whether this is her first pregnancy or her second, third or fourth. Whatever you do, don’t compare your 16 weeks pregnant belly to anyone else’s.”The mom-to-be called the Instagram haters “sad” at the time, wishing them happiness. “I’m going to enjoy my pregnancy no matter what the trolls say,” she wrote.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Australian personal trainer commented, “We did a thing honey. I’m so happy I have you to balance me out, I love you honey. Congratulations to us.”Keep scrolling to see more Vanderpump Rules stars’ budding bellies, from Kent to Schroeder.