Boyd Tinsley, former Dave Matthews Band violinist who was recently accused of using his industry clout to sexually assault, harass, and groom a young musician, is disputing allegations of sexual misconduct. In a statement issued through his publicist on Friday, Boyd said: “I’m truly hurt by the one-sided account that appeared on a blog about me yesterday. I only wish the reporter had spoken to me first, so they would have heard the truth.”“I will defend myself against these false accusations,” he added. “I can only assume the motivation for the article and the lawsuit filed against me. These accusations have caused embarrassment for my family, my friends and my fans. I will fight both in and out of court to repair the damage that has been done.”Originally published by Consequence of Sound on Thursday, the allegations were leveled by James Frost-Winn, a 28-year-old Seattle-based trumpet player who formerly worked with Tinsley in the band Crystal Garden in 2015 and 2016. Frost-Winn filed a lawsuit against Tinsley in Washington State on May 17th seeking $9 million in damages and alleging that Tinsley created a “hostile work environment” in which sex-based demands were intertwined with the band’s success.The author of the CoS story, Jessica Lipskey, “reached out to Tinsley and his representatives on four separate times prior to the story being published,” according to the publication. “She never received a response.”Responding to Tinsley’s statement of denial, a lawyer for Frost-Winn provided a statement to Rolling Stone: “We are disappointed in Mr. Tinsley’s complete lack of personal responsibility for his actions. Further, multiple media sources have indicated that they reached out to Mr. Tinsley and that he made no attempt to become a part of the conversation. His statement ‘I only wish the reporter had spoken to me first’ is disingenuous at best. Mr. Tinsley continues to show a lack of understanding of the obligation to not exploit an employee for sexual gratification. We will continue to move forward with our claims, and look forward to our day in court.”Furthermore, responding to Thursday’s news, Dave Matthews Band told Consequence of Sound that Tinsley is “no longer a member of the band”. They added that they were “shocked by these disturbing allegations and we were not previously aware of them.”Thursday’s report detailed Frost-Winn’s disturbing accusations, which go as far back as 2009. The story describes Tinsley’s attempts to groom Frost-Winn over many years by developing a friendship and working relationship with the young trumpeter. Frost-Winn also detailed numerous instances in which Tinsley sent him sexually suggestive and explicit text messages as well as one instance in which Frost-Winn allegedly woke up to find Tinsley masturbating next to him while grabbing his butt. (You can read the full report here).As previously reported, Tinsley announced a hiatus from Dave Matthews Band on February 2nd of this year (which turns out to be the same day that Frost-Winn issued his first demand letter to settle his assault and harassment claims against Tinsley outside of court). At the time, the 54-year-old violinist tweeted, “I need to take a break from the band & touring 2 focus on my family & my health 4 a while”.Dave Matthews first commented on Boyd Tinsley’s departure earlier this week—before the sexual assault and harassment allegations came to light—in an interview with Vulture. The Dave Matthews Band frontman explained, “I have a deep love for Boyd, and he has to deal with his stuff. In many ways I’m sure it would’ve been a lot easier for him to just say, ‘I’m good. Let’s go play.’ But you can’t just throw yourself away, your wellness away, because you play violin in a band. It doesn’t make any sense to do that.” Matthews also added that he didn’t know if Tinsley would be rejoining the lineup at a later date, though it now appears that the violinist has been officially removed from the band. Tinsley’s work will still be present on DMB’s upcoming album Come Tomorrow, due out June 8, 2018.
Leah Seifu ’11 loves to dance. She shares that passion with young people through CityStep, an organization that pairs Harvard undergraduates with students from Cambridge public middle schools. When her group needed a practice space big enough for classes, the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) was a perfect fit.“This space is absolutely perfect for us,” she says. “We have the bathroom and the water fountain over here, so students never need to leave. There are huge windows and people are constantly passing by outside, which you think might be a distraction, but it’s actually good for students to get used to people watching them dance!”When undergraduates like Seifu want to get together for an activity — from a small study session to a large conference for international students — they can usually find a place at the SOCH. The facility offers student organizations more than 50,000 square feet of the most versatile and functional space on campus, free of charge.“We try to make our spaces as flexible as possible to accommodate any type of event,” says Doug Walo, manager of the facility. “The SOCH is dedicated for extracurricular activity, as opposed to classrooms, which are in high demand for academic use. We can serve student groups right away and get them assigned to a space.”Built in 1965 as Hilles Library, the interior of the Bauhaus-inspired building was redesigned last decade and rededicated as the SOCH in 2006. In so doing, the College not only created thousands of square feet for student activities, but also freed up space in the freshman dorms for common areas, the Harvard College Women’s Center, a resource center for the Harvard Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance, and prayer rooms for Hindu and Islamic students.“The SOCH provides undergraduates with resources to create and sustain student organizations,” says Paul J. McLoughlin II, associate dean of Harvard College and senior adviser to the dean of Harvard College. “It also makes it possible for us to offer additional social space in the Yard and to find a place for groups and activities that are central to the lives of our students.”The SOCH’s sun-drenched penthouse floor features panoramic views of Cambridge and Boston, a large performance-rehearsal space, conference rooms, a recording studio, a lounge with DirecTV on flat screens, and a coffee bar. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the building.“You could hold an entire conference just on this floor,” Walo says. “The multifunction room has space for 175. There’s plenty of breakout space for smaller groups. The coffee bar can be used for lunches and more casual gatherings.”In early February, the Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP) held its annual winter conference at the SOCH. Maeve Wang ’11, a member of the group, says that Hilles has become the hub of the event, which convenes dozens of delegates from HCAP’s partner schools in Asia.“Without the SOCH, it would be difficult to make our conference centralized,” she says. “We attempted to arrange many of the venues in Harvard Yard, but it was just simpler and more efficient to hold it here. It’s made everything more organized.”HCAP is also one of 100 undergraduate organizations with offices at the SOCH. Wang says that the space makes it possible for her group to continue when its members graduate and move on.“Our office is a place to store many of the things we use each year,” she says. “So, when leadership changes, we can hold on to some sort of institutional memory.”Student organizations make good use of the SOCH’s self-serve copy and printing center, where they create and produce their own publications. Julian Gewirtz ’13 came to the Quad to work on the program for the Dunster House Opera’s production of “Die Fledermaus”— and to take advantage of the SOCH’s 11-by-17 color copies. (A bargain at 6 cents.)“Economic calculations brought me up here,” he says. “My laptop’s out. The printer’s going. The whole thing.”Though Gewirtz is grateful for the discount on printing and calls the SOCH “a versatile space,” he wishes it were closer to Quincy House, where he lives.“The space is, unfortunately out of the way for any student who doesn’t live in the Quad,” he says. “It’s quite a schlep.”Walo acknowledges students’ perennial gripe about location, but says that the Quad is closer than they think.“Hilles is about as far from Harvard Yard as Mather House is,” he says. “But students walk up Garden Street past Cambridge Common and through residential neighborhoods, so it just feels different.”“We try to make our spaces as flexible as possible to accommodate any type of event,” says Doug Walo, manager of the facility, showing the SOCH recording studio equipment. “The SOCH is dedicated for extracurricular activity, as opposed to classrooms, which are in high demand for academic use. We can serve student groups right away and get them assigned to a space.”The SOCH’s placement certainly hasn’t hurt usage. Since the beginning of this academic year, the center has hosted 54 large events, including 34 conferences, retreats, and trainings, eight late-night social events (dance parties, balls, formals), and seven performances. Dozens of meetings and rehearsals take place at the SOCH on a weekly basis.Walo and his staff are always working to draw more undergraduates to the Quad. One powerful enticement is the SOCH grant fund, which offers reimbursement to student groups for events held at Hilles. Grants typically range from $250 to $500 and are “open to all undergraduates and student groups that align with the mission of the SOCH.”“Right now, students come to the SOCH when there’s a specific activity or event,” Walo says. “We will always support student organizations — and there’s more that we can do in that regard — but we also want to see more casual, alternative social programming. Through the SOCH grant program, student groups can get funding to create events and activities that facilitate collaboration, foster community, and of course are fun!”Walo says that student participation and leadership are crucial to the SOCH’s success. To that end, the SOCH team will soon include a recording studio coordinator who will turn the space into a hub for student bands; an art exhibit curator who will transform the halls of the penthouse into a gallery space for student art; and a marketing and communications coordinator who will connect students with events. Furthermore, the new staff members will themselves be Harvard undergraduates.Ask Walo about what’s ahead for the SOCH and his eyes light up.“There’s so much potential in the SOCH,” he says, “We’re reaching out to students to invite their feedback on what they’d like to see and do here. Should we have acoustic nights in the coffee bar? How about Glee TV nights in the cinema? Whatever it is, the inspiration for successful programming is going to come from the students. Our job is to get their input and to empower them so that they can make their ideas happen.”The SOCH is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. Shuttle service operates seven days a week from Harvard Yard and the River Houses. Follow the SOCH on Facebook and for information on events and activities. Contact Doug Walo for more information and to share ideas for SOCH programming.
To transform your business, you need to transform your IT. We are seeing it happen with companies like Express Scripts and the Chicago Cubs. When you accelerate innovation adoption, you drive real results in your business. Maybe you have been waiting for a secure, scalable, and automated platform to do it. Today, it’s finally here.We are announcing our most sophisticated lineup of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, ever. They have a ton of new features a modern data center needs. As you plan your future and think about new ways to power your business, our new PowerEdge servers will be your bedrock.How we got hereWe started the process three years ago. With the dramatic pace workloads were evolving, we knew we needed a game changer. We knew we had to build an entirely new portfolio of server platforms. So, we engaged with more customers than ever before and integrated them into our process. It’s all part of our Customer Inspired Design. We asked, “What are your goals and how can we help you achieve them?” We heard you when you said that your legacy data center technology was inflexible to support new workloads and deployment models. We listened when you told us that your IT teams were spending too much time on routine tasks. And we understood when you said security means everything.We then unleashed some of the best engineers in the world to develop the technology to reach your goals. We created servers with cutting-edge technology never seen before. These new servers will power the business initiatives you know about today, but be flexible enough for the ones you haven’t even imagined yet.Scalable Business ArchitectureThe potential to transform your infrastructure for modern workloads and the cloud is an exciting challenge, but full of complexity. The reality is that each workload has different characteristics, and a platform that can deliver outputs faster can be the source of your competitive advantage and superior customer experience. Features such as one-click BIOS tuning are essential to optimizing workloads. So we simply built it in. The new PowerEdge portfolio also includes a broad-array of modern infrastructure with enhanced storage capacity and flexibility so you can tailor your storage configurations for the application. For instance, there’s 19x more non-volatile memory express (NVMe) low latency storage than our prior generation. And our exclusive I/O expansion risers and PERC PCIe flexibility in the new R740 provide 16 lanes to maximize accelerator configurations.Intelligent AutomationWe know you want to automate. Some of our customers tell us that IT nirvana would be a self-serve model for their developers. The new PowerEdge servers help you eliminate that inefficiency with intelligent automation. It starts by taking a fundamentally different approach to server management called agent-free management. Installing agents into each operating system adds a lot of complexity. We remove that complexity by using an embedded chip in every PowerEdge server we call iDRAC. This is the brains behind our management and automation features, and we upgraded it in the latest generation of PowerEdge for more performance. There are hundreds of new features and systems management innovations. Some are around the new user interface. Some are around Open APIs such as RESTful API’s. Some help you deploy faster. Some help you manage better. Some even help you automate problem resolution. Whether you use the unified server management experience of our new OpenManage Enterprise software, a 3rd party application, or Open APIs, you can automate productivity and simplify lifecycle management from server deployment to retirement.Integrated SecurityWe know how important security is in your overall environment. Protecting both hardware and software is critical. That’s why every new PowerEdge server is designed on a cyber-resilient architecture. We have patented key features so you can protect your infrastructure with a deep layer of defense, detect quickly if breached, and recover rapidly to a trusted baseline. Industry-first features like System Lockdown protect your server configuration and firmware from malicious or even inadvertent changes. Drift detection monitors and reports unplanned drift in firmware or configuration from a golden baseline. And our cyber-resilient BIOS recovery restores configuration quickly and safely. And when it’s time to retire and re-provision, System Erase securely and instantly erases storage media. Plus, PowerEdge is the only server with end-to-end server ecosystem and lifecycle security, which provides an additional layer of protection with supply chain integrity and assurance.Over the coming months you will certainly hear more about the new PowerEdge servers. We invite you to learn more and see why our scalable business architecture, intelligent automation, and integrated security makes PowerEdge the bedrock of the modern data center.