For USC, in Rachel and Rebecca we trust

first_imgTo date, this has been the most  contentious opinion piece by the Daily Trojan Spring 2017 Editorial Board. We extensively interviewed each ticket for Undergraduate Student Government president and vice president, deliberated for hours and finally overcame a stiff gridlock in the editorial decision about which ticket best represents what we want to see in our student government. So this is by no means an easy endorsement to write. We strongly believe that all three tickets running to be USG president and vice president are extraordinary campus leaders, have a wealth of experience and encompass what it means to be a student at USC. However, we believe that next year’s USG president and vice president should be Rachel Udabe and Rebecca Harbeck.Last year, USG voter turnout dropped 39 percent. At a time in which national activism is at a crucial high, student involvement is at a crucial low. We have turned our tide from the energy and passion of administrations of past years to complacency and inactivity. Passion in students is there, but we need the right leaders to inspire it.That is why we want to see change in USG. That is why we believe Udabe and Harbeck will bring the organization the fresh perspective it needs to ultimately change the trajectory of our campus’ political culture.Transparency and accessibility are crucial issues not only within USC administration, but also within Undergraduate Student Government itself. Too many students feel disconnected with their campus representatives, are apathetic toward student government and lack awareness regarding the progress of administration initiatives and the part that they can play in the solution. It’s true that all three tickets mentioned transparency in one form or another in their platforms. But we liked Udabe and Harbeck’s position on accessible external office hours for USG members. More than that, we thought that their diverse experiences and status as USG outsiders will open up USG to all students and transform USG into a more student-centered, activist organization — into what student government entails on many other college campuses.Despite slow progress, pressing concerns including health services, sustainability, tuition rises, sexual assault, cultural expression and community inclusion still persist. With the advent of the Trump administration, many students worry about the impact of national policies and rhetoric and question how they can stand up for what they believe in. In the midst of these challenges, we believe Udabe and Harbeck can indeed, like their campaign promises, unite, strengthen and connect our campus.With backgrounds as Orientation Advisors, Residential Assistants, tour guides and student workers at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Udabe and Harbeck know diverse aspects of their community well. These experiences and perspectives will elevate diverse voices and issues and allow USG to formulate policy that works for all students. Moreover, at a time when greek life and sports often dominate the campus conversation, Udabe and Harbeck’s emphasis on supporting spring admits and transfer and international students through a mentorship program will ensure that some of the most forgotten populations of campus will have their voices heard.But Udabe and Harbeck must take crucial steps in order to become effective leaders in USG. They face a steep learning curve. They must revise their platform points, some of which are infeasible and reflect a lack of deep research and understanding of policymaking at USC. The candidates must do better to incorporate those who do have the institutional knowledge about what USG can and cannot do. The candidates must use the next three months to immerse themselves in the ins and outs of student government and continue to gain greater knowledge of campus issues and solutions if they hope to hit the ground running in August.They have great colleagues in their competitors. They should look to their opponents Austin Dunn and Morgan Monahan for their experience in USG and in policymaking hand-in-hand with the administration. They should look to their other opponents Daniel Million and Tim Vorhoff for innovative ideas, like the reassessing of the black house initiative and creation of a multicultural house to foster inclusion. In order to be the most effective leaders they can be, they will need to understand their shortcomings and work alongside their colleagues.Our hope is that Udabe and Harbeck will meet our vision, but the Daily Trojan will, as it has done in the past for every administration, continue to hold them accountable for providing the transformative leadership they have promised.We would be remiss if we did not note the symbolic significance of electing two women of color who have lived much of their USC career outside of the USG bureaucracy to the highest student-occupied office at USC. We are sending the message that we continue to embrace diverse leaders — in more ways than one — and that we continue to recognize their unique contributions to our campus.If we want change on our campus, we need to elect the changemakers. That’s why we are supporting the Rachel and Rebecca ticket for USG.Daily Trojan Spring 2017 Editorial Boardlast_img read more

Mfon Udoh, Ilechukwu Win LBA for February

first_imgAkwa United forward, Mfon Udoh and MFM FC’s Fidelis Ilechukwu have been named League Bloggers Awards (LBA) Player and Manager for the month of January respectively.Both men claimed the individual prizes for their outstanding outings in January with their clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Udoh came out tops ahead of Abdulrahman Bashir of Enyimba, Tasiu Lawal of Katsina United and Fuad Ekelojuoti of Sunshine Stars. Mfon Udoh The Akwa United man netted four goals and provided two assists in the month under review — meaning he was directly involved in six of his club’s 10 goals in February.MFM Head Coach Ilechukwu had to fend off serious competition from Akwa United’s Brazilian trainer Rafael Everton as well as Usman Abd’Allah of Enyimba and Ibrahim Musa of Kano Pillars.The race was narrowed down to Ilechukwu and Everton who led their teams to unbeaten outings in the month under review. However Ilechukwu claimed the manager’s prize for a flawless outing in which MFM won all four of their matches compared to Akwa United who won four and drewone having played an extra game more.Abd’Allah’s Enyimba finished February with three wins, a draw and a loss while Kano Pillars under Musa won three of their four matches, losing at Go Round at the start of last month.LBA’s next announcement for the player and manager’s nominees in March will be released in early April.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hayatou ‘sole candidate’ for Caf job

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football says Issa Hayatou is the only official candidate for its presidential election in March, despite Jacques Anouma having tried to enter the race.Hayatou, a Fifa vice president from Cameroon who has led CAF since 1987, appears to have a clear run after engineering a change in election rules in September.The Ivory Coast Football Federation nominated Anouma, who also sits on Fifa’s executive committee, but he is barred by a rule which allows only voting members of the CAF board to stand.Liberian officials want to challenge Hayatou’s new rules at the Court of Arbitration for Sport but were told they must first exhaust CAF’s internal appeals process.The CAF election congress is scheduled for March 10 in Marrakech, Morocco.last_img read more

Matt Shoemaker injury update: Blue Jays starter leaves game with knee injury

first_imgToronto later announced he had been diagnosed with a left knee sprain. He will undergo an MRI Sunday.Signed by the Blue Jays to a one-year, $3.5 million contract in the offseason, the 32-year-old Shoemaker is off to a great start. After three scoreless innings Saturday he has a 3-0 mark and a 1.57 ERA in 28 2/3 innings. Shoemaker is definitely hurt — and frustrated about it.— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) April 20, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN Matt Shoemaker, the Blue Jays’ most effective starter this season, left Saturday’s game against the Athletics with a left knee injury.The righty suffered the injury in a rundown in the bottom of the third inning. Afterward, he repeatedly slammed his fist on the ground in pain and frustration as trainers tended to him.last_img read more

Pirates call up top-10 prospects Cole Tucker and Bryan Reynolds

first_imgThe youth movement in Pittsburgh has added a couple of new faces. The Pirates announced on Saturday they were calling up shortstop Cole Tucker and outfielder Bryan Reynolds to make their major league debuts. They were slotted in first and fifth in Pittsburgh’s lineup, respectively, for its game against the Giants. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNROSTER MOVE:We intend to activate @cotuck and Bryan Reynolds before today’s game with corresponding roster moves coming soon.— Pirates (@Pirates) April 20, 2019The team announced that it placed Starling Marte on the 10-day IL with an abdominal wall contusion and Erik Gonzalez on the 60-day IL with a left clavicle fracture to make room for Tucker and Reynolds.  Tucker, the Pirates No. 5 overall prospect per MLBPipeline, has slashed .333/.415/.579 in 57 at-bats in Triple-A. The former first-round pick was given a 60-grade speed tool and stole 82 bases between 2017 and 2018. Reynolds is listed as the team’s No. 8 prospect, and, like Tucker, has gotten off to a red-hot start in Triple-A, homering five times in 49 at-bats. He has yet to hit below .300 at any level since being drafted in 2016. The Pirates acquired Reynolds in exchange for Andrew McCutchen in January 2018.The Pirates are hoping the two youngsters can give their shoddy lineup a boost. Their offense is currently in the bottom five in the MLB in runs scored, home runs and total bases.last_img read more

Bronny’s AAU game canceled due to LeBron James heckler

first_imgRegardless of its form – hate or praise – the James family may garner more attention than ever in Los Angeles as the elder James begins his new chapter for the purple and gold, and Bronny strides into his high school years.As of now, Bronny’s most likely 8th grade destinations are Crossroads in Santa Monica, nearby Brentwood, or Chatsworth’s Sierra Canyon.For more on Bronny’s potential destinations, CLICK HERE. The start of the school year is roughly three weeks away, but it’s still unclear where LeBron James Jr. – also known as “Bronny” – will attend 8th grade.The son of the Lakers newest NBA superstar, LeBron James, is fresh off winning the 7th grade national championship (USBA Nationals) in Charlotte, N.C. last week. This week, James’ North Coast Blue Chip AAU team is in Las Vegas competing for another championship.Wednesday night, Bronny’s game was canceled after a heckler in a Chicago Bulls uniform was yelling at LeBron James in the stands. According to reports from, James Sr. left the gym and the game was canceled after security aided to move the crowd into another gym. With LeBron James Sr. now in Los Angeles, and his murals being vandalized week after week, is this something that he’ll have to deal with while watching Bronny’s games?There have been cancelations and delays reported in the past due to James Sr. attending Bronny’s games due to overexcitement of fans which causes fire hazards and unsafe circumstances.In Charlotte last week, a group of spectators chanted “overrated” from the sidelines as Bronny played his games.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NHL issues memo about potentially conducting June draft

first_imgFirst, the league would propose solutions for conditional trades with the teams, having seven days to either change the deal to include terms acceptable to both or accept the NHL’s solution. One notable trade with conditional picks is between the Oilers and Flames. As part of the Milan Lucic-James Neal trade, Calgary received a conditional third-round pick from Edmonton, contingent on Neal scoring at least 21 goals in 2019-20 and at least 10 more goals than Lucic.With the season paused, Neal and Lucic stand at 19 and eight goals, respectively.MORE: Lafreniere rated as top North American skaterIn order to determine the draft order, the league would use each team’s points percentage to determine who picks first; the draft lottery format for this season would involve picking just the winner and limiting any move-up to a maximum of four spots. For example, the Red Wings, who had the league’s worst record at the pause, would pick no lower than second overall. Ottawa, who owns its own selection and San Jose’s, would pick no worse than third and fourth overall.Friedman said he could see the lottery format as “hotly contested” by teams, with Canadian forward Alexis Lafreniere the projected No. 1 pick by Sporting News’ Steve Kournianos.Another concern is if a June draft would prevent teams from trading players. In the memo, Daly said of the 106 trades completed over the last five drafts, 64 would have been similarly permissible had the draft been conducted before the end of the season.”While this is certainly a valid concern, the fact of the matter is that whenever we hold the 2020 Draft — in early June or ‘shoehorned’ into a short window in October or November — it is not going to be a typical NHL Draft,” Daly said. “It is not going to look the same; it is not going to feel the same and it is not going to be the same. While we may know more about next year’s landscape in terms of CBA, salary cap, escrow, etc., in November than we will in June, we are still not going to know everything and there is still going to be a multitude of questions that have no answers.”So any comparison of the 2020 NHL Draft to a typical year’s draft is not — and cannot be — an ‘apples to apples’ comparison.”In a conference call with reporters on April 24, Flames general manager Brad Treliving conceded the draft might have to be held before the 2019-20 season concluded. The NHL has issued a memo to its teams stating the league’s position on potentially holding the draft in June, according to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.The rumored date for the draft is June 5, giving the league a month to prepare. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly indicated that broadcast networks are on board with the plan; the memo also suggested ways to make the draft as fair as possible. “The first thing we all have to recognize is that we’re not in a perfect position or perfect world,” Treliving said. “So at some point, you got to start checking off some of these boxes. There’s going to be a lot to be done so you can’t just keep kicking the can down the road.”Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman was skeptical of the June draft idea Wednesday.”My thought is why would you do that, why would you need to do that?” Yzerman said in a Facebook Live interview. “There’s a lot of things that are affected, obviously. The draft position hasn’t been established, we don’t know who’s in the payoffs, or who’s out of the playoffs in some cases. So if there’s a lot of questions, and ultimately if it needs to be done prior to, we’ll figure it out. But at this time, my own opinion is I haven’t really heard a good reason why we should do it prior to the end of the season if we do conclude the season over the course of the summer.”last_img read more

Brightline suspends South Florida train service for months

first_imgThe Brightline has announced that they will be suspending operations between Miami and West Palm Beach “for the coming months” because of the coronavirus pandemic.Construction on the West Palm Beach to Orlando route will continue. Work is also moving forward on adding two stations in Miami-Dade County and one in Boca Raton.last_img

NFL commissioner visits domestic violence hotline

first_imgNFL football commissioner Roger Goodell arrives at the headquarters of the National Domestic Violence hotline, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Facing criticism about the handling of recent abuse cases, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spent three hours Saturday night visiting the headquarters of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and getting an up-close look at the realities victims face.Hotline CEO Katie Ray-Jones, whose organization has received a multiyear, multimillion dollar pledge of assistance from the NFL, described the private meeting as “emotional” for Goodell.“At one point he was physically moved to tears as he heard stories from our advocates about what women were encountering, that we took today,” Ray-Jones said.Hotline officials had invited Goodell to visit the facility, which is housed in a non-descript, unmarked building in suburban Austin.“Doing the work, as they say,” was all Goodell would say when as he and several league officials walked into the building. He gave a brief wave to cameras when he stepped out of his limousine.When he left, Goodell was flanked by two hotline staff members and refused to answer questions.Goodell and the league have been heavily criticized over how they handled the recent suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who punched his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in the face in an elevator.The league was criticized as not acting quickly or emphatically enough when handling domestic violence cases and Goodell has said he mishandled the Rice case.Goodell met with 11 former players this week and was told the league must act immediately when someone is accused of domestic violence.The hotline was created in 1996 and receives about 70 percent — just over $3 million — of its budget from the federal government and the rest from private donations.The hotline web page said that as of 2013, the service had helped more than 3.4 million people on issues of domestic violence or dating abuse.Ray-Jones said the hotline has seen an 84 percent spike in calls since the Rice video punch video was made public, but also noted that tens of thousands of calls go unanswered because the hotline doesn’t have enough staff.Goodell didn’t listen to specific calls, but heard the stories related from the victim advocates.Ray-Jones said Goodell did not discuss any specific policies the NFL may put in place for domestic violence.“He mentioned they are very committed to understanding the issue further, and that he has a team of advisers who will continue to inform him on those policies,” Ray-Jones said.Initially, Goodell suspended Rice — who has since married Palmer — for two games. After criticism, Goodell announced new stiffer penalties for future domestic violence cases. After video of the punch was released, the Ravens cut Rice and Goodell suspended him indefinitely.League and Ravens officials said they requested the video from law enforcement but were denied. ESPN and others have reported that the Ravens had a detailed description of the video shortly after Rice was arrested.After the AP reported that the video was sent to NFL headquarters, Goodell announced that former FBI Director Robert Mueller would lead an internal investigation. That probe is ongoing, and there is no timetable for its completion.last_img read more

Carla Suárez, nominated for the “Heart Award” of the Fed Cup

first_imgThe voting course of amongst followers round the world will begin on Friday, Could 1 on the Fed Cup web site and can final per week. The winner will likely be introduced on Monday, Could 11, and can obtain a $ 3,000 stub for the NGO of their alternative.The remainder of the gamers who’re eligible for the charity award are the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, the Canadian Leylah Fernández and the Latvian Anastasija Sevastova. Gran Canaria Carla Suárez has been nominated for the “Corazón Award” for his efficiency in the Fed Cu Qualifiers in the tie final February towards Japan in La Manga, wherein he signed his two particular person factors in the victory of the Spanish Nationwide Crew that gave the classification for the Budapest Finals. In concept, this was Carla’s final season, however after the world well being disaster, a potential withdrawal is being thought of at the Madrid Open in 2021.last_img read more