Transfers acclimate to Notre Dame customs

first_imgNotre Dame’s 2013 transfer orientation, led by former transfer students Joseph Ragukonis and Heather Bartlow, welcomed 129 new Domers this past week during a four-day orientation. Ragukonis said the purpose of transfer orientation is to make transfer students’ transition into the Notre Dame family as smooth as possible.  “Our goal during orientation is focused on helping them adjust to Notre Dame, the community and making new friends right from the start,” Ragukonis said. “We especially emphasize what is special and unique to Notre Dame and show them that even though they are transfer students, they are just as much a part of the University as everyone else.” Bartlow said the Transfer-O committee is aware transfer students come to Notre Dame already having had some college experience, and therefore the program focuses more on orienting students with their new school.  There are many challenges that come with transferring to a brand new school, Ragukonis said, including a change in academic difficulty and adjusting to a new college experience while your peers have already settled into life at Notre Dame. “Transfer students who come to Notre Dame have left everything they have worked hard to achieve at their old school in order to attend a new school where they must adjust to different academic expectations, a different social environment and a new campus,” Bartlow said. Transfer students are also offered last pick of classes, which can make it difficult to build an optimal schedule, and they can have trouble meeting peers who have already formed their friend groups during freshman year, she said. “To help alleviate any challenges, we keep open as many lines of communication as possible so that the new transfers can seek our help if they want,” Ragukonis said. “We also make clear that everyone at Notre Dame is happy to help them with a transition.” Bartlow said the orientation involves many social events, such as a welcome mass, a campus tour, a scavenger hunt, a trip to the Indiana dunes, a field day and a grotto visit to help the students make friends and feel comfortable in their new environment.  “My favorite part of the orientation was the grotto visit,” Bartlow said. “A few of the committee members gave a brief history, led a prayer and shared a personal reflection with the new students. I think this event gave students the opportunity to bond in a unique way due to their shared experiences.” She said the grotto visit allowed students to reflect on their journey to Notre Dame, and each student received a specially made Transfer-O candle, which the students could light at the grotto.  The Football 101 program, held Friday afternoon, was a favorite for Ragukonis.  “During Football 101 we were able to get one of the leprechauns and cheerleaders to help teach the new transfer class the cheers and other aspects that make up game days on campus,” he said. “That was definitely one of the best parts.” Students also meet with advisors to aid in scheduling their classes and can choose to “Adopt-a-Dorm” if they are living off campus, to connect them with an on-campus hall, she said. “The Transfer-O Committee understands what it is like to transfer to Notre Dame since each member has been in the exact same shoes as the incoming students,” Bartlow said. Knowing what the transfer students were going through during the program was a huge motivator in her decision to lead the program, Ragukonis said.  “My previous two experiences of Transfer-O, both as a new transfer student and last year as a transfer orientation committee member, were two of the most amazing experiences of my life,” he said. “I wanted to be co-commissioner so that I could have a change to make the new transfer class have as great an experience as I had, at the University that I love.” Bartow said she received excellent feedback at the events and was very thankful for the support of their fellow committee leaders. “We had great attendance at all of our events throughout the four-day orientation, and every new student I talked to said they enjoyed it,” Ragukonis said. “I know it went well when multiple new transfers were asking me how they could go about getting on the orientation committee in the future.”last_img read more

Hold On to Me Darling Playwright Kenneth Lonergan on Why Writing Manuals Are Nonsense

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 17, 2016 Hold On To Me Darling Kenneth Lonergan’s Hold On to Me Darling, starring Timothy Olyphant as a spiraling country superstar, is enjoying an extended engagement at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Lonergan had breakout success with his play This Is Our Youth in 1996 and went on to write The Waverly Gallery, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, as well as Lobby Hero, The Starry Messenger and Medieval Play. His first film, You Can Count On Me, which he wrote and directed, won many awards and was Oscar-nominated for Best Screenplay. His subsequent films include Margaret and Manchester by the Sea, which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He also co-wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Gangs of New York. Lonergan welcomed Broadway.com into the gorgeous new apartment that he shares with his wife (actress J. Smith-Cameron), their daughter, a cat, a dog, a noisy refrigerator and loads of books, mementos and paintings—some still in boxes.Do you have a writing routine?When I’m working on something that’s going well, I write whenever I can. But when I’m not working on something that’s not going well, it’s more in fits and starts and avoiding it.What inspired Hold On to Me Darling?I don’t remember. It was a long time ago that I wrote the first scene, and I wrote the rest of it over a long period of time. So I literally don’t remember what it was. I like country and western music and just thought of that character and the scene in a hotel room; the rest evolved slowly over time.Do you often go back to ideas from a while ago?It’s like you have an idea or characters that you like, but you can’t figure out how to make it into a whole piece that works. Then I might get stuck and not get unstuck for a few weeks or a couple years sometimes. I go on to work on other things that are going better, and when they’re finished, it would still be in my mind. Many things that I’ve finished have been written that way.What plays changed your life?Did you listen to music while writing Hold On to Me Darling?I listened to Loretta Lynn a lot. Also, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash. I often listen to music when I’m working, though sometimes when I’m really doing well, I don’t like to have it because it’s distracting.When did you first think that you wanted to be a writer? I’ve wanted to be a writer since fifth grade; I wrote a science fiction story that was four pages long.What was it called?It was called “The Voyage to Titan.” It was about someone who flies a rocket to Titan, which is the largest moon of Saturn, of course. I had been previously interested in drawing before and I switched to writing in fifth grade, and then I wrote science fiction stories and novels until I was in ninth grade.When did playwriting come into the picture?My grandmother showed me a little advertisement for the Thacher School One-Act Play contest in Ojai, California, which is where the Bionic Woman is from. I wrote a one-act version—or rip-off—of Network, which I had seen and liked, and I won third prize and $100. That got me started in playwriting. Plus, it was easier to correct. Plays have much less material per page; I switched from sheer laziness.What do you write in your notebooks? Well, it’s embarrassing. I seem to have a lot of notebooks, but this one was started in December of 2012 and it is now March of 2016. This one is particularly dilapidated. I have these going back to the ‘90s, but there are only about eight of them. I don’t write down a lot of notes, but I’ll write down an idea for something or a particularly interesting thought.What drives you to write now that’s different than when you were younger?It’s like when you read a book that you’re really excited about: That feeling when you constantly want to get back to your book. That happens less and less as I get older. All the things that crowd into your life when you’re a genuine grownup tend to crowd out that floating imaginative feeling that’s so pleasant and interesting to pursue. I’m trying to get back to that by clearing things away a bit so my mind can wonder more easily instead of worrying about unpacking boxes or walking the dog.Which writers have inspired you?What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about writing?Well, I can’t pin it down to one piece of advice, but the person who helped me the most was Patsy Broderick, who was my friend Matthew Broderick’s mom. She is the person most responsible for steering me towards writing for actors. I’m always very oriented toward acting, and I am always imagining what’s going on in the room between two people and following their behavior and trying to bring that out in the script.What items do you like to have around you when you write?I have sets of books that I’ve gathered about various subjects. I have pictures of Nellie and J., and I have my Australian owl that my grandmother gave to me. I’ve always had it on my desk, even in high school. I also have my little outer spacemen and a sign from my grandmother’s gallery.What is the nitty-gritty hard work of being a writer that no one told you?Internally, it’s accessing the unconscious part of you that does all the best work. When you can’t get excited about anything that you’re working on, you have to find the first inroad to what switches on your imagination. Getting to that can be very difficult. Following that trail is the main basis of all the work that I try to do. The other part, which is external, is that you have to get used to everybody telling you their opinion about what you’re doing. You have to find a way to deflect that without being obnoxious because it’s impossible to function with that much input.What’s something you think all aspiring playwrights should do?I think it’s good to have acting training; understand what actors have to do. I usually give the same kind of advice to everybody, which is to not listen to too many comments. I also think all screenwriting manuals are nonsense. They’re descriptive and not functional. To get someone anxious that they have to have something happen by page 10 is foolish to me. It may be that every successful, good screenplay has something happen by page 10, but that doesn’t happen because it’s constructed that way. It happens because something is alive.What’s your favorite line in Hold On to Me Darling? 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Dairy Challenge

first_imgGeorgia dairyman Adam Graft listened carefully as teams of college students gave their educated opinions on how he manages his 3,200-acre Americus, Georgia, dairy farm.More than 80 students from 15 agricultural colleges across the Southeast visited Graft’s farm as part of the annual Southern Regional Dairy Challenge held in Cordele, Georgia, Nov. 13-15. Hosted this year by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the event is designed to prepare college students for careers in the dairy industry.Divided into intercollegiate teams, the students toured Graft’s farm, Leatherbrook Holsteins, on Monday, Nov. 14. They then collaborated to develop recommendations on farm management and presented their findings before Graft and a team of dairy industry judges on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Each team gave their recommendations based on nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management. They also had to take into consideration the farm operation’s ultimate goal and vision. “The students’ recommendations and thoughts are organized into the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats they observe on the farm. In other words, what is the farm doing well and where are there some opportunities for improvement?” said UGA animal and dairy science Assistant Professor Jillian Fain Bohlen.“They must provide the farmer with an outline of how to improve and what this will ultimately mean to him in the long run, normally for enhanced profitability,” said Bohlen, who hosted and organized this year’s event on behalf of UGA.A 2000 animal health graduate of UGA’s Department of Animal and Dairy Science, Graft knows the students need to evaluate farm operations in order to learn to be agricultural consultants. After practicing at a dairy in California for four years, Graft returned to Georgia in 2005 to lease a dairy. He and his wife purchased their current 6,000-cow dairy farm in 2008.Since then, the couple has steadily expanded the farm, adding several freestall barns and a rotary parlor, and increasing acreage from 1,000 acres to 3,200 acres.“Our dairy is a clean slate for the students to pick through,” Graft said. “I was told to be ready to have really thick skin, and I do. The students had some really valid points. This experience teaches them how to consult on a facility. It’s great to learn in a classroom, but this helps them take it to the next level.”Following the presentations, the judges evaluated the student team’s recommendations. As a whole, they reminded the students to listen to the farmer and not to evaluate based solely on farm records.“(Dairy farming) is a way of life and we all enjoy it, but at the end of the day, it’s about the money. Did you bring any dollars to the table? What happens if (the farmer) does this versus this?” said Andy Fielding, a senior dairy technical consultant for Purina Mills and one of this year’s Southern Region Dairy Challenge judges. “If there is a problem, a consultant’s job is to identify what the farmer can do and how he can make money.”This was CAES student Nathan Webb’s third dairy challenge event. Webb, who plans to earn a doctorate in dairy nutrition and to someday own his own dairy, enjoys meeting and working with dairy science students from other universities.“It’s surprising how many of these students I run into later at American Dairy Science Association events and the national dairy challenge event,” said Webb, who will be attending the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge in March 2017.Bohlen says the regional conference also prepares her students for the North American challenge, which will be held in Visalia, California.“This was a fantastic opportunity for these students to learn on such a tremendous dairy operation and from the industry professionals at the conference,” Bohlen said.For more information on studying animal and dairy science at CAES, go to www.caes.uga.edu/departments/animal-dairy-science.html.last_img read more

Vermont regulators accept FairPoint’s revised bankruptcy plan

first_imgVermont PSB rejects FairPoint bankruptcy plan | Vermont Business … Jun 29, 2010 … FairPoint filed for bankruptcy protection in October 2009 and hoped to emerge from it sometime this fall. The PSB noted that the debt relief … Consolidated Communications,The Vermont Public Service Board on December 23 accepted FairPoint Communications’ revised bankruptcy plan. The board last June rejected the plan in large part because it was not satisfied with the company’s financial structure and because of the company’s request to delay deployment of some of its broadband obligations under the original agreement. FairPoint refiled its application. The PSB then accepted it without conditions. On December 27, FairPoint petitioned the US Bankruptcy Court to release it from its Chapter 11 protection to allow the restructuring to move forward. In essence, FairPoint will sell the company to its creditors, which will reduce its debt from $2.7 billion to $1 billion.Vermont was the last of the three states to give final approval to FairPoint. Maine and New Hampshire regulators approved the plan last summer. The Vermont PSB wrote on December 23:”In this Order, we grant the regulatory approvals that FairPoint seeks, without conditions.The Revised Forecast, and the changes to the Credit Agreement that resulted, demonstrate areasonable likelihood that FairPoint will be financially capable and can thereby fulfill itsobligations under the Certificates of Public Good (“CPG”) that we issued in Docket No. 7270.We also find that modification of those CPGs and approval of the Settlement with theDepartment will promote the general good. “It went on to say:”Our conclusion that we should now grant the regulatory approvals FairPoint has requested is based largely upon the Revised Forecast and changes to the Credit Agreement. The evidence makes clear that these are not merely cosmetic adjustments. As characterized by FairPoint’s Chief Financial Officer, the June Order gave FairPoint an opportunity which it embraced. The result is a Revised Forecast that is more realistic and more accurate ‘ more in line with what is, rather than what FairPoint would like the future revenues and costs to be. FairPoint considers the projections in the Revised Forecast, which forecast EBITDAR to be 40 percent below the levels projected in the original plan, to be “much more reasonable.” The recent performance for FairPoint has been in line with the Revised Forecast. The Department echoes this assessment, finding both the revenue and cost forecasts in the Revised Forecast to be more conservative and more realistic. The Department adds that the Revised Forecast led to “a much better financing deal for the Company.”The PSB added in regards to the broadband delay:”As we are now persuaded that FairPoint is likely to be financially viable, we can concludethat FairPoint will be able to fulfill its regulatory commitments and, more importantly, itscommitments to its customers to provide high-quality service and expand broadband service tomany customers that have no availability of high-speed services. We are mindful that approvalof the Regulatory Settlement will have some adverse affects upon Vermont consumers.Ratepayers must forego a substantial refund that they are owed by FairPoint for the substandardservice quality they have received since the February 2009 cutover from the operational supportsystems of FairPoint’s predecessor, Verizon New England, Inc., d/b/a Verizon Vermont(“Verizon”), to FairPoint’s newly designed systems. FairPoint may delay broadband expansionin some presently unserved areas by six months (and for some customers, longer). As part of anoverall resolution of FairPoint’s bankruptcy that leaves the Company financially stable, we acceptthese negative impacts, as difficult, but unavoidable costs.”FairPoint maintains that the delay in deployment of some broadband services is a result of an upgrade to the system that will ultimately provide customers with better service.FairPoint’s Vermont President Michael Smith submitted this statement in regards to the PSB ruling:‘We recognize the Board’s diligence in reviewing all of the facts regarding our request for Change of Control and Regulatory Settlement, which are two of the final steps in our financial reorganization.‘FairPoint already has received approvals from Maine and New Hampshire regulators, our creditors, represented employees and other states where we do business and approval was required. The Federal Communications Commission has also approved crucial aspects of FairPoint’s financial reorganization.‘It is my expectation that FairPoint will return to the US Bankruptcy Court shortly, and following that we will be able to emerge from Chapter 11.‘The telecommunications industry has changed dramatically over the past decade and the current level of industry competition provides both business and residential consumers with multiple choices and technologies. Upon emergence from Chapter 11, FairPoint will be a stronger and more viable provider of wireline telephone services and high speed data solutions.‘Even while undergoing Chapter 11 reorganization, FairPoint has invested almost $47 million in high-speed Internet in Vermont ‘ bringing broadband to more Vermonters than all our competitors combined. More than 80 percent of the homes and businesses in FairPoint’s service area in Vermont now have high-speed Internet available from FairPoint, up from approximately 66 percent in 2008.’In an SEC filing on December 27, FairPoint stated:”As previously disclosed, on October 26, 2009, FairPoint Communications, Inc. (the “Company”) and all of its direct and indirect subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of Title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Bankruptcy Court”) (Case No. 09-16335).”As a condition precedent to the effectiveness of the Company’s plan of reorganization under the Bankruptcy Code, the Company needed to obtain certain regulatory approvals from various regulatory authorities, including the Vermont Public Service Board (the “Vermont Board”). The Vermont Board did not initially provide its requisite approval. The Company made efforts to address certain issues that were raised by the Vermont Board and submitted a renewed request for the Vermont Board to provide its approval. On December 23, 2010, the Vermont Board entered an order providing its requisite approval.”Having obtained the Vermont Board’s approval, on December 27, 2010, the Company filed with the Bankruptcy Court a motion, among other things, (i) requesting approval of a form of supplemental disclosure to the creditors of the Company (a form of such supplemental disclosure is attached as an exhibit to the motion) and (ii) scheduling a continuation of the hearing on the confirmation of the Joint Plan of Reorganization of FairPoint Communications, Inc. A copy of the motion as filed with the Bankruptcy Court is available at www.fprestructuring.com(link is external) under the “Court Filings” link.”FairPoint Communications, Inc, based in North Carolina, is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. www.FairPoint.com(link is external).RELATED STORIES: Video Q&A: Michael Smith, Vermont President FairPoint … Aug 18, 2010 … FairPoint Communications has asked the Vermont Public Service Board to reconsider its rejection of FairPoint’s bankruptcy plan. …last_img read more

What does a property asset manager do?

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey rubbishes Arsenal transfer speculation

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey rubbishes Arsenal transfer speculation Advertisement Partey has been consistently linked to a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has denied rumours of a move to Arsenal, despite his father appearing to confirm talks between the two clubs have taken place.The north London side are known to be big admirers of the combative midfielder, with former boss Unai Emery coming close to securing his signature last year.The 26-year-old’s father, Jacob, told Ghanaian media on Wednesday that his son is in talks to end his spell at the Wanda Metropolitano in view of a move to the Gunners.However, Partey shared a post on his social media from representatives JJSports, who vehemently ruled out any contact being made over a summer switch.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe post on Instagram read: ‘Quick Note !!! In the midst of transfer period, a lot of stories are created, manufactured and also alleged until the final day of the transfer period.‘Mostly adds up to the hype and promotion of the beautiful game .‘Father of Thomas Partey might have said something but can we also put everything aside and respect the official communication from his management JJS Sports.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Arteta is reportedly a big fan of Partey (Picture: Getty Images)‘At this period a lot of persons(some media personel) in search of exclusive stories would want to pounce on conversations around just to suit their agenda.‘The fact is that, any statement heard was an opinion clearly misinterpreted to suit a particular agenda. There has been nothing officially communicated or no such conversations between the player and anybody.‘There is absolutely no truth in what the player’s dad was alleged to have said.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We wish the media and all fans will embrace the official message from the player’s agent and not any family member or friend.‘We are not in normal times, let’s keep believing everything will be back to normal and football will take its place once more in the heart of many.’MORE: Thomas Partey’s father tells him to secure Atletico Madrid exit amid Arsenal talksMORE: Neil Warnock criticises Arsenal and Tottenham stars over coronavirus lockdown breachesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 23 Apr 2020 11:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

OceaNET wraps up wind and wave engineers coaching

first_imgThe OceaNET project has come to an end having trained 13 young researchers in the areas of floating offshore wind and wave energies to support the emerging marine renewable energy sector.The goal of the four-year project, completed on August 31, 2017, was to train science-based young engineers by offering them good technical, economic, environmental and societal background, and a market-oriented approach for the emerging offshore renewable energy market.In doing so, the network developed a number of cutting-edge research projects, each led by one of the research trainees for 36 months, and hosted by a first-class European research and development institute, university or company, active in the field.Activities focused on topics such as array design, implementation and O&M for wave and floating offshore wind energy applications. The development of enabling technologies to support the deployment and operation of arrays has been equally addressed, according to WavEC Offshore Renewables, the coordinator of the project.The hands-on training was complemented with a handful of short-courses on a range of topics relating to the field of offshore renewable energies.The training program also comprised secondments to selected industrial companies. The trainees were also encouraged to engage in PhD studies, and out of the 13 hired early stage researchers, 10 have enrolled in a PhD, WavEC informed.OceaNET project, funded under the European Union’s FP7 PEOPLE Programme (Marie Curie Actions), involved a consortium of 10 European partners, with 21 associated partners. OceaNET trainees (Photo: OceaNET)last_img read more

Sri Lanka warned after media no-show

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Sri Lanka have been warned against a repeat of their no-show in the customary post-match news conference following their World Cup loss to Australia, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Monday.The 1996 champions did not send a representative after their defeat on Saturday in a breach of protocol, an official of the governing International Cricket Council told Reuters.The governing body lodged a complaint with SLC, which has instructed the team to comply with their media obligations.“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that, contrary to various media reports, there won’t be any sanctions imposed on the Sri Lanka team by the ICC…” SLC said in a statement.“Sri Lanka Cricket discussed Saturday’s incident with the ICC and assured that a similar situation will not occur going forward in the tournament.“The SLC also advised the team management to comply with the obligations…” it added.Sri Lanka, who have won one of their five matches and are fifth in the standings, last week complained to organisers about having to play on bowler-friendly pitches and were also unhappy with the quality of their accommodation.Sri Lanka’s next match is against hosts England at Headingley on Friday.last_img read more

PSA event discusses mass incarceration

first_imgThe Political Student Assembly met Monday night to discuss the issue of mass incarceration in the United States in the wake of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to a U.S. prison. The event, “In a Nutshell: Federal Prison System,” was part of a weekly discussion group series hosted by PSA and the Undergraduate Student Government Program Board and touched upon issues such as mandatory minimum sentencing and racial inequality in the inmate population.In July, Obama became the first sitting president to visit a U.S. prison when he traveled to El Reno, Oklahoma, to speak to inmates convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. According to Kyla Middleton, director of political content for the PSA, the trip sparked ideas for reform that Obama hopes will influence Congress to enact prison reform through legislation.“Maybe we can start having a conversation about how to fix the system in a way that actually makes [inmates] helpful members of society that are more able to integrate back into day to day life,” Middleton said.One of the topics brought up during the discussion was the privatization of the prison system, which incentivizes long-term imprisonment. According to Daphne Blakey, a senior majoring in economics, mathematics and sociology, powerful prison lobbies influence legislators to craft stronger sentencing laws, which ultimately keeps people in prison longer.“I think that a profit motive has no place in the U.S. prison system,” Blakey said. “Companies make the most money when they’re housing as many prisoners as possible, for as little cost as possible — so we’re talking about hyper-incarceration and really poor conditions.”Other issues discussed included recidivism, or the recurrence of criminal activity in individuals who have gone through the prison system. Middleton and others considered the example of Norway, which focuses on rehabilitation for its prisoners and experiences recidivism rates that are less than half of those in the United States; however, students such as Dominique Brown, a junior majoring in narrative studies, disagreed.“I like the idea of rehabilitation for nonviolent offenders, but there are bigger things that we should worry about, like decriminalizing a lot of nonviolent offenses and taking away the stigma after they are released,” Brown said. “There are a lot of issues that are going to hold [inmates] back in society even if they got training while they were [in prison].”Ultimately, event organizers such as PSA assistant director Shawn Ren, a junior majoring in computer engineering and computer science, hope that weekly PSA meetings can provide a forum for discussion and combat political apathy on campus.“We’re trying to provide a safe space where people … can get together to discuss issues that affect them,” Ren said. “We just want them to get more interested in politics and to learn more about the political issues so they can become better informed citizens, vote more and participate more.”last_img read more

Trojans take second place in season debut

first_imgThe USC men’s golf team started its season on a strong note by placing second after three rounds of the season-opening Southwestern Intercollegiate tournament at the North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, California. The Trojans jumped up to second place on Tuesday after finishing in third on Monday.Rico Suave · Sophomore Rico Hoey shot a 6-over 219 this week at the Southwestern Intercollegiate, which was good for 26th place overall. – Courtesy of USC Sports InformationAfter eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships, the Trojans combined for a two-round 8-over 580 after Monday, leaving them only eight strokes behind first-place Stanford and two strokes behind second-place Washington State. San Diego State and Pepperdine rounded out the top five, respectively.Other competitors at the tournament included Arizona, Loyola Marymount, San Diego, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge and Hartford.By the end of Tuesday, the Trojans had improved their placement and finished at 11-over 863, jumping Washington State in the placement. Perennial powerhouse Stanford remained in first place and won the tournament with a 4-under 848.“Stanford looks to be solid once again,” said head coach Chris Zambri. “We’ll need more great play from everyone in the lineup if we are to beat them the next time we see them.”The USC team was led by freshman Sean Crocker who, in making his collegiate debut, shot a 54-hole 5-under 208, which was enough to tie him for second overall in the event.“Although we don’t like finishing second, there were a lot of positives this week,” Zambri said. “The play of Sean Crocker would be the first to mention. He put up three solid rounds for us.”On his way to his second-place standing, Crocker shot seven birdies in his first round and finished the final ten holes of his second round at 2-under before shooting a 3-under in the final round of the tournament.Crocker, who was born in Zimbabwe, comes to USC with a lot of experience under his belt, having competed in the California State Amateur each of the past two years.His success at the course this week might be partially attributed to the fact that he moved to Westlake Village when he was young and attended high school there.While Crocker placed second in the individual draw, 2014 All-American Rico Hoey began his sophomore campaign by tying for 16th at 6-over 219.His first round of the tournament included three birdies and he followed up that performance by shooting four birdies the next round. Hoey looks to improve upon his freshman year when he had one of the most successful seasons in Trojan golf history. Hoey’s 71.36 was the best stroke average on the team. He also led USC in top 10 finishes (eight), rounds in the 60s (16), birdies (165) and eagles (eight).His accomplishments earned him the 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award.Crocker and Hoey were not alone on the leaderboard, as fellow Trojan freshman Jonah Texeira tied for 26th overall in his career debut. Texeira birdied 10 through 13 en route to a 1-under back 9 to close the night in the second round.Senior Eric Sugimoto also had a strong showing at the tournament and finished tied for ninth by the end of the third round. He shot a final round 3-under 68 which vaulted him 17 spots in the rankings, prompting his coach to praise his efforts.“Eric Sugimoto played a nice final round and showed that this year could be a big one for him,” Zambri said.Next up for the Trojans is the Itani Homes Collegiate in Pullman, Washington from Sept. 29-30.last_img read more