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Corrine Williams (CGS’16, COM’18) has helped the Terriers go from just eight wins over her first two seasons to double digit wins in the last two seasons. Photos by BU Athletics
“I think of somebody who’s probably the most consistent person I’ve ever met,” Steding says. “She’s always the same. You know exactly what you’re gonna get when you talk to Corrine. She’s caring, she’s steady.”
On paper, Williams’ stats won’t blow you away: 8.9 points, 5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. What has made her an invaluable part of the team is her ability to command the respect of her teammates and her tenacity in helping the team struggle through a couple of lackluster seasons to become a real presence in the Patriot League.
The coach recalls the moment she and her staff realized Williams had the potential to lead the team. During a game at the start of the 2024–2024 season, Williams shouted some “choice words” on the baseline to her teammates, Steding says. The coaches side-eyed one another, realizing that Williams was ready to hold people accountable.
“She doesn’t get emotional because she’s so steady, so when she does get emotional, it really carries a lot of weight,” Steding says. “Coaches—we get emotional all the time, so sometimes it doesn’t carry as much weight because there’s this: ‘She’s amped up about turnovers again. She wants us to box out again.’ But when somebody like Corrine really lets you have it, then it’s like, ‘Wow, okay. This is really serious.’”
She’s “very, very level-headed,” says Naiyah Thompson (CAS’19, Sargent’19). “Regardless of if we’re having a rough practice or a rough game, whether we’re behind or we’re ahead, she keeps us on an even keel.”
“As I’ve gotten older,” Williams says, “when we’re all together and a few girls starting getting rowdy, I’m definitely the one who’s the peacemaker.”
At 6’1”, she has the size of a forward and the speed of a guard and has proven herself to be the ultimate jack-of-all-trades on the court. She plays “every position except the point guard,” Tenisha Pressley (Sargent’21) says.
“Throughout my whole career,” Williams acknowledges, “I’ve just played wherever I was needed. Wherever coach needs me to play, I can do it.”
Given her versatility and her leadership skills, it’s hard to imagine that at one point she contemplated walking away from her college basketball career.
A native of Bloomfield, Conn., Williams’ love for basketball came naturally. Her father had played at Eastern Connecticut State University. By the time she was in eighth grade, she had received an offer to play from Assumption College. “You always hear from your coaches and your parents that you can play at the next level, and you can go to school and get a free education,” she says, but it wasn’t until colleges started reaching out to her that she began to believe it. A four-time Central Connecticut Conference selection, she finished her high school career with 1,281 points.
Williams was recruited by BU during her high school junior year. She accepted, but just months before she was to start, there was an abrupt change in the coaching staff with the resignation of head coach Kelly Greenberg.
“I was a little taken back, but I never called any other school,” Williams says. “I was in it for the long haul regardless.”A rough time
Her BU career began with a 3-3 record, but the season quickly went downhill—the Terriers went 2-for-25 the rest of the way. Off the floor, Williams struggled to adjust to college, to balance academics and athletics. The routine became onerous: “Wake up, go to class, practice, lift, do homework, and go to bed,” she says. “It was that same thing every single day.”
Midway through freshmen year, she seriously considered leaving the team. But with Steding’s encouragement, she hung in there despite a sophomore season that saw the Terriers lose their first 15 games and finish with a 3-27 record.
“Coming into sophomore year, it was kind of a continuation of how we ended the first year,” Williams says. “It was a rough time in general. Rough time.”
Over the past two years, the team’s fortunes have improved significantly. The Terriers finished last season with a 13-17 record and earned their first Patriot League tournament appearance under Steding. And despite beginning this season with a 5-5 nonconference record, they are 10-16 with just two games left in the regular season, a slight regression from last year.
Players call their captain the glue of the team, and they credit much of the past two years’ turnaround to her. “She’s just a great person to model yourself after, not just on the court, but off the court,” Pressley says.
For her part, Williams says she’s grateful to former captains like Courtney Latham (Questrom’17) for their example, which provided much needed perspective as the team battled during her first two seasons. “This season, when we hit a lull and had a six-game losing streak, we knew we had been in a worse scenario before,” she says. “We have had to fight through much worse games than that. You get stronger from going through those struggles.”
Williams has not only found her voice on the court, but balance off the court as well. As both a sophomore and junior, she was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
And as she begins contemplating life after BU, she says she plans to pursue a career in college athletics communications.
Both the coaching staff and next season’s returning players are already trying to imagine the program without her. “I don’t know what college basketball is without her,” Thompson says. “That’s gonna be wild.”
“Even thinking about not having her around, I’m like, phew, that’s a big pair of shoes to fill,” Steding says. “It’s going be a steep learning curve for whoever has to come behind her, because they’re going to realize how much Corrine did. We’re going to miss her a lot.”
The BU women’s basketball team takes on Army tomorrow, Saturday, February 24, at 2 pm, at Case Gym, 285 Babcock St. Tickets are $8 for the general public, $5 for faculty, staff, and students without a sports pass, and free for students with a sports pass. The Patriot League Network will broadcast the game live.
Jonathan Chang can be reached at [email protected].
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26.2 for a Cause: Terriers Running the Boston Marathon with a Mission
Boston Marathon26.2 for a Cause: Terriers Running the Boston Marathon with a Mission Charities, personal struggles, and lost loved ones motivate this year’s group of runners
The only thing stranger than an October Commencement? How about an October Boston Marathon? Traditionally the third Monday in April, instead the 125th running of the world’s oldest marathon begins at 8 am on Monday, October 11, and it will be the first in-person Boston Marathon since 2023, one of scores of traditions worldwide canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Boston Athletic Association expects about 20,000 people to run in the race, with entrants qualifying based on their time or by running on behalf of a charity.
Boston University will be well-represented at the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass., on Monday morning. Here are the stories of six members of the BU community—two students, an alum, two faculty (one also an alum), and one staff member—who are running for a cause.
Nicole Homerin was born with a large ventricular septal defect, meaning she had a large hole in the left ventricle of her heart. A month after the 30th anniversary of her surgery, she will run her second marathon, defying what doctors told her parents. Photos courtesy of Nicole Homerin
Nicole Homerin (Wheelock’17) is running the Boston Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles.
Homerin had open-heart surgery three decades ago, at six months old. She was born with a large ventricular septal defect, a hole in the left ventricle of her heart. A month after the 30th anniversary of her surgery, she will run her second marathon, defying what doctors told her parents.
“I was told very young that I would never do anything really strenuous, and I was supposed to sit out in gym class,” she says. “For some reason, life didn’t turn out that way.”
Homerin had countless doctor’s appointments as a child, and her family was told she would have to have a second surgery when she was seven. At that point, her doctor said she could wait a year. That happened again and again, then the surgery was scrapped completely.
Her physical activity was restricted as a child, but her parents let her release her energy by dancing. Homerin tried Irish dance at BU, and credits its short, intense spurts of activity with strengthening her heart, allowing her to run marathons. Another factor motivating her to overcome her heart issue was her dislike of being singled out. She wanted to participate in school gym class so classmates wouldn’t look at her differently. That’s the main reason she works with disabled people, she says.
Things were not, and still are not, totally normal for Homerin. Her running consists of intervals of running and walking. She’ll run for five minutes and then walk for one minute for the entire marathon. “Out there training, a lot of times, people would pass me and say, ‘Oh, are you okay?’ because they saw me walking,” she says. “I have to explain, ‘Yeah, I’m fine at this moment, but this is the way I train.’ It was definitely mentally challenging to accept that it doesn’t work to run the entire race together like a lot of people do.”
An early childhood education major at BU, Homerin began running when she was working with disabled children. After graduating, she started out in the deaf-blind program at Perkins School for the Blind, then worked at the Boston College Campus School while getting a master’s at BC.
The children “got through their difficulties and just pursued life and really tried to live to the fullest,” Homerin says. “Unfortunately, I started losing a lot of my students to their disabilities. [Running] reminded me that I’m very fortunate to be in a position I wasn’t really supposed to be in…able to do physical activity.”
Since 2023, seven students with disabilities Homerin has worked with have died. To help cope with her grief, she would run before she went to work.
“How do you go into a preschool classroom and tell your kids, ‘Your classmate is no longer coming back,’” she says. She continued working with disabled students when she moved to Los Angeles for a doctorate, but needing a break from the stress, left the classroom. “It just got to be a lot. I would see my student one day, and the next day I would get a call that they were gone.”
When Homerin flew to Boston to run the marathon route with her Miles for Miracles teammates in early August, she got a call that her dad was “on his final days.” He died on August 27.
“I’m running for the children, I’m running for myself, but now I’m also running in memory of my dad,” Homerin says. “I know I’ll be crying the entire way.”
After the pandemic canceled her plan to run the 2023 Boston Marathon, Caroline Adamson will run the 2023 edition for her mom, who died of leukemia in January. Photo courtesy of Caroline Adamson
Caroline Adamson (Sargent’22) expected to run from Hopkinton to Boston on April 20, 2023. Then the city and the BAA pushed the race to September 14, 2023, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fine, Adamson thought, I have more time to train.
Next the BAA announced the marathon would be virtual, and she had to put her dream of crossing the Boylston Street finish line on hold.
Almost a year and a half later Adamson will race through the streets of eastern Massachusetts towns to Boston with a new view on the same purpose. She raised over $10,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society before the 2023 Marathon because her mother had twice been diagnosed with the disease. In November 2023, doctors diagnosed her mom with leukemia for the third time, and she died in January.
“The mission has changed, almost, since the first time when I was trying to run it,” Adamson says. Her mother “was such a big part of my fundraising team and my encouragement, so now it’s turned into a mission where I want to cross that finish line for her.”
Adamson says fundraising for the race took a mental toll. She had to talk about her mom’s illness every time she spoke about the cause she was running for. After exceeding her $10,000 goal for the canceled 2023 Marathon, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society halved her minimum fundraising goal to $5,000 for the 2023 race.
“My mom was my biggest champion when I was training the first time,” Adamson says. “I’m more focused on the actual act of running the marathon than fundraising this time.”
Her loss is motivating Adamson to do all she can to cross the finish line. As she does, she’ll be listening to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem—and thinking of her mom.
Aaron Stevens, a food addict, used to weigh close to 300 pounds. Now, the Questrom finance and computer science lecturer wants to run one marathon a month. Photo courtesy of Aaron Stevens
Aaron Stevens (MET’02), a Questrom senior lecturer in finance and College of Arts & Sciences senior lecturer in computer science, is a food addict. At his peak weight, he carried close to 290 pounds.
From the time he began his undergrad studies at Indiana University in the late 1990s until he moved to Boston in his late 20s, Stevens never discovered a way to make himself run regularly. He found some consistency 15 years ago when he met his first running partner, built up to running seven miles, and cut his weight to 238 pounds—his record-low adult weight at the time. But soon after that milestone, his first child was born and he became too busy to run, and his weight climbed back up to 290.
When he turned 36 eight years ago, his youngest child was born and he changed his eating and exercise habits for good. His weight dropped to 200, and he has been running ever since.
“What has made me successful is that I have a core group of running friends that I meet at 5 o’clock in the morning,” Stevens says. “When it’s cold or it’s dark or it’s raining, it’s so easy to cancel on yourself. But if you tell a friend you’ll meet them at 5 o’clock in the morning, you don’t cancel.”
He gained a new perspective on his food addiction when a neighbor asked to store a case of hard lemonade in his refrigerator. When he asked if she was out of space, she said no, but if she kept it in her house, she would drink the whole thing that night. Stevens feels the same way about cookies, brownies, and ice cream.
“I still see myself as being obese,” he says. “I spent 35 years being the fat kid. That’s pretty well ingrained.”
In December 2014, while Stevens was training for the 2024 Boston Marathon, his father was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He made multiple trips home to Chicago for hospital visits. “I’m totally powerless—most of us are—when a loved one is sick with cancer,” he says. “My biology and chemistry skills are never going to help [cancer treatment research], but my running skills and my enthusiasm can help.”
Stevens’ dad received an immunotherapy treatment developed by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that helped him regain his health, so his son will represent the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team on the course.
“This is my way of giving back,” he says, “but also to help support primary cancer science research so other breakthrough treatments will be available to help other people.”
Now that marathons are starting up again post-pandemic, Stevens aims to run 10 to 12 a year (he ran 11 in 2023). He will run marathons on back-to-back days later this month.
Madison Jolly at the 2014 Chicago Marathon. Photo courtesy of Madison Jolly
Madison Jolly, a financial analyst in BU’s Study Abroad office, is running to raise money to keep the after-school programming at the Boston Public Library free to local students.
Growing up in Carlisle, Mass., she did after-school reading programs at her local library, so she wanted to make sure the next generation of students had the same opportunity. “People have been really generous,” she says. “What I appreciate most is people send little notes with their donations, and it’s just great to hear words of encouragement.”
Jolly started running with her middle school cross country team, and hasn’t stopped since. She ran her first marathons—Chicago, Disney, and Quebec—during a gap year before she started college. Her most recent was the 2023 New York City Marathon, which she ran while she was at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, her alma mater.
“I have, over the course of my childhood, been adding miles,” Jolly says. “I started with a 5K in middle school, then got up to a 10K and a half [marathon] in high school, so I just wanted to see if I could do the full marathon.”
She is used to running long distances, but was not used to this past summer’s heat—the average temperature of 74.5 degrees was 2.9 degrees over the previous 20-year average. “I feel like every time I was going to go for a long run, it was either over 90 degrees or it was raining,” Jolly says. “Honestly, I got to the point where I didn’t really mind the rain compared to the heat.”
Sarah Sherman-Stokes, associate director of LAW’s Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Clinic, is raising money for the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project, which provides pro bono legal services to asylum seekers and unjustly detained immigrants in Massachusetts. Photo courtesy of Sarah Sherman-Stokes
Sarah Sherman-Stokes is a School of Law clinical associate professor of law and associate director of LAW’s Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Program, where she teaches immigration law and supervises students who represent immigrants in court proceedings.
She is raising money for the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project, which provides pro bono legal services to asylum seekers and unjustly detained immigrants in Massachusetts.
Sherman-Stokes worked at the PAIR Project from 2011 to 2013 before coming to LAW, and the school has a close relationship with the project, she says. Her work with immigrants during her undergrad years at Bates College motivated her to enter immigration law.
“I was a union organizer working with janitors in Washington, D.C., in college,” she says of how she entered immigration rights work. “I got to spend a lot of time in office buildings listening to janitorial staff tell me about why they fled their home countries and came to the United States for safety.”
In addition to that work, she studied abroad in Central America. “I got to hear stories from folks whose parents or grandparents or siblings had made the journey north to the United States. I also learned a lot about the history of US involvement in Central America and the violence that we had wrought on the region that had driven many people to go to the United States.”
Last year Sherman-Stokes started running with ultramarathoner Kathryn Zeiler, a fellow LAW professor. Zeiler gave Sherman-Stokes a book about marathons and said she should run one.
“I thought, ‘I can only be motivated to do that if I’m doing it for a good cause,’” Sherman-Stokes says. “The opportunity to run for PAIR came along, and I jumped at it.”
Matthew Reiss after finishing the Boston Half Marathon in 2023. Photo courtesy of Matthew Reiss
Matthew Reiss (MED’22), a fifth-year PhD student studying pharmacology, graduated from Binghamton University with an engineering degree, earned a master’s in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked in a cancer research laboratory.
Former swimmer and soccer player Reiss turned to a more experienced runner when he decided to start running: his stepbrother, who helped him adjust to running.
“I used to think to myself, what’s the point of running if there’s not a ball to chase after?” Reiss says. A first-time marathoner, he is representing the Boston Medical Center team, raising money for the hospital.
“My feet were so sore at the end of my first half-marathon that I said to myself, never again,” Reiss says. “And…here we are. You forget the hard parts of it eventually, and it really is a fun experience.”
The sense of accomplishment at the end of a race is a great feeling, but the camaraderie of running with other people during marathon training keeps Reiss, who missed the team environment he had with swimming and soccer, coming back.
“The most recent long run I did in training was 22 miles,” he says. “That’s something I literally cannot fathom having been able to do. It’s these little goals and realizing you can do more than you thought you could.”
The 125th Boston Marathon, on Monday, October 11, begins with the wheelchair division, the men at 8:02 am and the women at 8:05 am. Professional male runners begin at 8:37 am, professional female runners at 8:45 a.m. The rolling start for amateur runners begins at 9 am. Prime viewing spots on and near campus are on Beacon Street and in Kenmore Square. Wheelchair racers will enter Coolidge Corner via Beacon Street around 9:15 am.
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Most musicians can tune their instruments whenever they like. The exception is the pianist, who typically isn’t trained to tune the piano’s 200-plus strings. Instead, both amateur and professional piano players must hire a technician to get their instrument in shape. But Don Gilmore has accomplished an engineering feat that he says could do away with the need for tuners: a self-tuning piano.
Gilmore, a mechanical engineer whose day job is to make customized machinery for the military ammunition industry, started developing a mechanical self-tuning device in 1993. But, a new idea soon overshadowed the project.
One evening as Gilmore sat in his Kansas City home watching a “Cheers” rerun, he had the elusive inventor’s epiphany: why not run a current through each string to change its frequency? So, Gilmore walked over to his pile of instruments—he is an amateur musician from a long line of music men, including a great-grandfather who composed Methodist hymnals and a grandfather who was a bandleader, saxophonist and singer—and grabbed his steel string guitar. He hooked one string to the alligator clips of a variable desktop DC power supply and was able to change the string’s tuning by applying one or two volts.
The same idea, he thought, could be applied to a piano.HOW IT WORKS
First, Gilmore, whose expertise is in mechanics, had to teach himself electronics. He worked through around 12 prototypes before finally coming up with the current version of his electronic piano tuner.
The system starts when the player pushes an “on” button, located on the lower right side, directly under the keys. Next, individual circuit boards activate magnetic coils that simultaneously sustain the notes from all of the piano’s strings. An infrared sensor measures each string’s frequency, or how fast it is vibrating, and a computer compares that frequency with a note that was previously recorded after a tuning by a professional (and human) piano technician. If the original tuning seems off—room size and temperature, for example, can affect how the piano sounds—the owner can retune the piano and save that setting in the computer.
If the pitch needs adjustment, the system sends an electrical current through springs that touch each string’s tuning peg, heating it slightly to around 95 degrees. The heated strings expand, lowering the pitch.
But, the strings can’t be cooled in order to raise the pitch. Explains Gilmore: “The piano is tuned while the strings are warm. When you switch it off, all the strings go sharp (tighter) when they cool, which is its natural state.” So, in theory, the device will never have to increase the frequency in any of the strings.
The system tunes a piano in under two minutes and the device remains on while it is played. Gilmore estimates that the tuner costs seven cents an hour to run.TINKERING
QRS, a company that makes player pianos, licensed Gilmore’s technology in 1999 (first, the mechanical device, and later, the electronic version). But, the company wasn’t able to put the time and money into further developing the idea, and when the five-year contract ran out, Gilmore decided not to renew.WHO WILL USE IT?
Another problem is who might use the device. Gilmore estimates the price at around $1,000. A regular tuning costs around $100, and the casual player has their piano tuned just once or twice a year. If you break out the cost of keeping a piano in tune daily, the $1,000 price tag isn’t so bad. Still, the average player may balk at the cost.
Concert pianos, on the other hand, are tuned once or twice daily. But, says Bruce Brubaker, Chair Piano at the New England Conservatory, the self-tuning piano might not help. Aside from tuning, two key factors to a piano’s sound are voicing, which impacts the tone, and regulation, which changes how heavy the keys feel. In concert pianos, technicians often service the tuning, voicing and regulation, says Brubaker. While technicians tune more often than anything else, an automatic tuner wouldn’t totally replace them. Changes in a piano’s sound due to room size and temperature could also require extra service.
Kent Webb, the technical manager at piano manufacturer Steinway and Sons in Queens, NY, which also services pianos for Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic, worries about the placement of the circuit board, how well the tuner will match the subtleties of each note and the impact of the heat on the piano’s wood: “We’re always thrilled by seeing people try to do something new with pianos, but we also must look critically at how it is going to affect the long term integrity of an instrument.”
But, if Gilmore can overcome some of these obstacles, “it could be a very marketable and helpful device.”
Gilmore is still looking for a manufacturer, after which he’ll decide whether his invention might be installed when the piano is made, or if it will come as a kit that a user can install at home.
Webb is doubtful that Steinway, one of the few remaining U.S. piano makers, will use the device with its current design. Still, Steinway makes just 2,500 pianos annually. At least a million more are manufactured globally each year, mostly in China, and making The Self-Tuning Piano on a large scale could drive down the price. “Even if I got one percent of that, I’d be tickled,” says Gilmore.
To start the tuning, the piano player simply pushes a button. This signals the self-tuner to sustain each note on the piano simultaneously.
Each note has its own sustainer, which uses magnetic coils to make the strings vibrate, sustaining the sound. Infrared sensors measure the frequency of each string and compare it to a pre-tuned note stored in a computer. If the string is off, the system sends an electrical current through the springs that touch each tuning peg to heat the string, causing it to expand and lower its pitch (the piano is typically already sharp, or at a higher frequency than desired, because of the way it has been pre-tuned).
The Self-Tuning Piano’s main circuit board, which controls the current going to each string.
Each circuit attaches to the piano’s strings by these springs. When the system tunes a string, an electric current heats the spring, which heats the string, changing its frequency until it is in tune. The pianos are initially tuned when the strings are warm, so that they tighten (go sharp) when they cool. This way, the tuner is always bumping them down to the correct note.
Springs Onto Pinblock
The springs are installed in the pinblock, which is typically made of hard wood and keeps the piano’s tuning pins secured. The springs touch the tuning pegs through the pegs’ pre-drilled holes.
The device fully installed. Gilmore isn’t sure if the self-tuning piano’s circuit boards will eventually be installed when the pianos are manufactured, or if it will come as a kit that users can install on their own.
A close-up of the circuits that are attached to each of the thick, copper-wrapped base strings.
With the release of the new M1 Macbook Air, the final parts of the transition to Wi-Fi 6 are beginning for Apple. Today, the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, M1 MacBook Air, and the M1 MacBook Pro all support Wi-Fi 6. Lacking support is the low-cost iPad, iPad mini, and all of the Intel Macs.
Wi-Fi 6 brings several vital things to enterprise and K–12 Wi-Fi networks and addresses some critical problems with Wi-Fi connectivity. One of the main ones is increasing capacity for environments with a lot of devices. Setting up a basic Wi-Fi connection in your home is relatively easy. Unless you live in a multi-dwelling unit, it’s one thing you can’t really screw up.
Designing Wi-Fi for an environment with potentially hundreds or even thousands of connections is entirely another process. You have to be concerned with co-channel interference, how devices roam, complex security issues, and other complicated issues.
One of the biggest challenges at the moment is designing for capacity. OFDMA is one of the newest pieces of technology in Wi-Fi 6. A 20 MHz channel can be partitioned into as many as nine smaller channels in Wi-Fi 6. Using OFDMA, an access point could simultaneously transmit small frames to nine Wi-Fi 6 enabled clients.
One thing to remember is that Wi-Fi 6 brings back 2.4 GHz support, while 802.11ac was only compatible with 5 GHz. I prefer the 5 GHz band (a minimum of 19 non-overlapping channels vs. 3 for 2.4 GHz); 2.4 GHz is still popular due to its low cost and battery life.
Networking vendors have been touting Wi-Fi 6 for years, but we’re just now at the place where Wi-Fi 6 has to be your default choice for Apple deployments. I know many organizations held out on supporting Wi-Fi 6 while the Mac lacked support. We’ve finally hit the ideal time when the Mac is finally seeing the transition to Wi-Fi 6, and the iPad lineup is almost completely migrated to Wi-Fi 6. While old iPhones hang around for years, we’re now a year into all of the newest iPhones supporting Wi-Fi 6. It’s safe to say that you’ll see a lot more Wi-Fi 6 enabled devices on your network in the next year.
Vendors like Ubiquiti are now releasing their Wi-Fi 6 access points where companies like Extreme have been selling them for a few years now. Even though technology like Wi-Fi6e seems like it’s just around the corner, new communications technologies tend to have a lot of news early on in their development cycle. It takes years for the technology to mature and even longer for devices to add support.
With the Mac and Wi-Fi 6, we’re at the place where the technology is mature enough that it’s come down in price significantly. The underlying code powering the access points has matured and eliminated the early bugs as well. Support in client devices is also quite common now. I say all of this to say, now is the time when Wi-Fi 6 has to be the default choice for enterprise and K–12 networks. If you look at device deployments as a five-year project, Wi-Fi 6 in 2023 is the only proper wireless decision. There is no reason to deploy an 802.11ac network or wait on Wi-Fi 6e.
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If you’re a woodworker, you already know the value of a good table saw. These ubiquitous power tools can work through a wide range of material, from wood to sheet metal, making angled cuts, bevels, rip cuts, and cross-cuts. They’re fast, and much more accurate than hand saws and mitre saws. That’s why you’ll find at least one at every professional woodshop and job site.
Table saws, as their name suggests, are often built into large tables that cost thousands of dollars and weight hundreds of pounds. But they’re also available in smaller, less expensive models designed to be brought out when needed and then stored away when through—perfect for contractors, repairmen, and DIY enthusiasts working at home.
When choosing a table saw, think carefully about the types of projects you’ll be tackling. Are you a contractor or serious DIYer? Are you a professional woodworker? Or is this something you only need occasionally, or for smaller hobby projects? This will help determine the type of table saw that’s right for you.
Large, industrial saws, called cabinet table saws, are installed in woodshops, schools, and other permanent locations, and are designed for heavy-duty work. They have permanent power sources—often 220 volts—and extendable table surfaces, and they can cut through most material. They also cost quite a bit, and of course require a lot more space.
Contractor table saws are smaller and portable, perfect for storing in a tool shed or garage. It’s easy to put them in the back of a truck or SUV for transportation to a job site. They provide a lot of power, meaning you don’t need to waste time travelling back and forth between the job and your shop.
Bench table saws are the smallest of the bunch, and are meant to be bolted to a table or workbench, or attached to a stand. They provide less power and have smaller rip capacity, but they also cost a lot less and are good choices for hobbyists with smaller projects.
Horsepower (HP) translates to cutting power. Expect 0.75 to 1.5 HP from smaller bench saws, making them excellent for making things like small shelves, or cutting material up to ⅝-inches thick. Contractor saws feature two- to four-HP motors, and large cabinet saws typically have motors that run five HP or more. The more powerful the motor, the easier it is to cut through strong material and harder woods. The machine can also run longer and faster without overheating.
Tablesaws typically carry 10-inch blades, though blades can be as large as 12 inches, and smaller models often have blades that are 8.5 inches. Because the blades are adjustable, you can make very shallow or deep cuts, depending on the size of the blade.
Rip capacity describes the maximum width of the material that fits between the saw blade and the table saw’s adjustable guide, known as a fence. Generally, this starts at around 18 inches and runs up to 60 inches on professional cabinet models. Make sure your table saw can accommodate the width of the material you plan on cutting, whether it’s the back of a bookcase, the side of a treehouse, or the top of a table.
Table saws feature two different types of motors: universal and induction. On a universal motor, the power source is linked directly to the blade, providing a lot of power. However, they can be noisy. Induction motors connect to a belt that transfers power to the blade. It’s quiet and still powerful, but the downside is that the belt requires periodic tightening, and that’s something you’ll need to stay on top of to get the best performance out of your saw.
The golf team with Mike Eruzione (SED’77), BU’s director of development for athletics (and captain of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team) (second from left). Photos by Steve McLaughlin
When BU’s women’s golfers hit the links this weekend, they will be vying for their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship, where a win would lock down a spot in the NCAA regionals, something they have not been able to accomplish as a Division I program.
“I like to think we’re the team to beat,” says head coach Bruce Chalas. “There’s no question we have the skill level, but we just have to get it done.”
The Terriers came out of the gate strong, starting the season 34-1 in team play. They opened their schedule with a win at the Bucknell Invitational last September, beating 14 other teams. Just a week later, the team finished second in the Dartmouth Invitational, only two shots off eventual winner Yale.
In their third tournament, the Terriers found themselves in fifth place after the first day of the two-day ECAC Championship. They were down by 10 strokes going into the final round, but came out hungry and determined to win. By the end of the day, the team was crowned tournament champion, finishing two strokes ahead of the pack.
“We actually waited for about an hour and a half after our round because we were unsure if we were even going to place in the top three,” says Christine Silen (CGS’12, COM’14). “As more scores came in, I said, ‘You know, we actually have a shot at winning.’ So we stuck around as the numbers came in, and we were number one.”
“She’s thirsty to compete,” Chalas says. “She always wants to be in the mix. Not only that, but she wanted to come to a top-level academic school. She’s smart. She has a 3.5 GPA. She came to a school where we were building a program. Not rebuilding—but building—and she liked that challenge.”
“We improved a bit last year, but that really set the stage for this year and our incoming freshmen,” Chalas says. “The freshmen have played great. We’re getting well-seasoned student-athletes. These are well-traveled players. They’ve had national exposure, and they’re experienced tournament players.”
This weekend, the team plays in its fourth MAAC Championship competition, at Disney’s Palm Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Terriers have never finished higher than fourth in the tourney, but also had never won a tournament before this year.
“We have pretty high expectations since we’ve been doing so well,” Silen says. “The past three tournaments we’ve played in, we’ve had horrific weather, so we’re actually hoping it rains a little in Florida since we’re so used to it. We’re going in with a really positive attitude. Everyone’s excited, and it’s really good timing for this team.”
BU switched conferences in 2010, joining MAAC as an associate member to try for an automatic bid to the NCAA regionals, something the team could not do in America East. BU switches to the Patriot League for the 2013–2014 season, again losing the chance to compete for an automatic bid to the NCAA regionals.
The BU women’s golf team will compete in the MAAC Championship this weekend, from Friday, April 26, to Sunday, April 28. The event will take place in Orlando, Fla. The team, along with the coaches and spectators, will be sporting Boston Strong ribbons during the tournament to show their support for the city.
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