Class of 2016 votes for scholarship fund as senior gift to University

first_imgSince 1906, every graduating class has presented a parting gift to the University. This year, after more than 1,200 votes were cast through an online ballot and Grad Fest voting table, USC’s Class of 2016 voted on a scholarship fund as their senior gift.James Gagnon, the associate director of Annual Giving Programs, serves as a liaison  to student volunteers to spread the word about the Senior Gift program to their peers.“The USC Senior Gift is a time-honored tradition that unifies each graduating class and recognizes its unique contributions to USC,” Gagnon said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “It’s one of USC’s oldest traditions, predating even Tommy Trojan. The Senior Class Gift provides an opportunity for each senior to foster their legacy as a member of the Trojan Family and spread the Trojan spirit.”Gagnon shared examples of past senior gifts.“Students that walk by VKC and enjoy its bell-tower music can thank the Class of 2009, who supported its Carillion restoration as their class gift. Students that enjoy a swim at the Lyon Center Pool when it’s chilly out can thank the Class of 2010, who supported the installation of a solar thermal energy system as their class gift,” Gagnon said. “The Class of 2016 will be joining the classes of 2013 and 2014 in providing scholarship support for students based on merit and need.”This year, seniors were asked to rank their top choices between four potential gift options.The USC Class of 2016 Scholarship Fund received 36 percent of the votes. Twenty-seven percent of seniors voted for a USC Facilities Management Services Recognition Day, 23 percent voted for a USC Career Services Dream Dollars Program and 14 percent voted for USC Volunteer Center Friends and Neighbors Day Program.Megan Lee, a senior majoring in neuroscience and the assistant director of University Affairs in the Undergraduate Student Government, was delighted by the results.“The generous scholarships that USC gave me were instrumental in my decision to attend the University,” Lee said. “They made it possible for my parents, who are also Trojans, to put both me and my sister through USC and keep the Cardinal and Gold blood running through our family.”Starting on Monday, the Class of 2016 Senior Gift campaign went into full effect, and undergraduate seniors have the opportunity to participate via email, phone and in-person donation booths. Marketing efforts including a phone outreach and a crowdfunding project that will also encourage people to donate.“I’m definitely planning on donating,” said Jay Hasegawa, a senior majoring in economics. “I think it’s important that future students are supported in their studies and college experience and I’d like to do my part in paying it forward.”Last year, the Class of 2015 matched a university record by raising a total of $25,000 with 96 percent participation. This year, the Senior Gift Advisory Board is hoping to get 97 percent of the Class of 2016 to vote and exceed the $25,000 goal.The campaign will last through June 30.last_img read more

ESL and University of York announce collaboration in esports teaching and research

first_imgESL and the University of York have today announced a collaboration to make industry-aligned teaching and research for esports a reality.This unique partnership between the two organisations will allow the University of York to lead the way on UK-based teaching and research tailored specifically to the esports industry. The collaboration includes: Digital Creativity Labs, an £18 million EPSRC/AHRC/Innovate UK-funded research initiative focusing on the convergence of digital games and interactive media and one of the biggest games research labs in the world; University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, offering one of the top three Film and TV Production degrees in the country and a unique highly interdisciplinary degree in Interactive Media; York’s Department of Computer Science, one of the highest ranked in the UK.The collaboration has three key aims:Teaching – ESL will hold regular masterclasses with University of York students, including workshops and taster days. The University of York is committed to aligning its teaching offerings with the needs of the industry, while also offering BSc & MSc dissertations on esports. ESL and UoY are co-designing an elective module on esports content production as a third year, credit-bearing module, aiming to launch Autumn 2018.Research – Alongside a substantial investment by DC Labs in research into future innovations in the esports industry, the collaboration will see PhD internships take place through the Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) PhD programme and Digital Creativity Labs. Esports research already explored by DC Labs investigates areas including AI, human-computer interaction, interactive storytelling, data visualisation, game analytics, behavioural psychology and more.Careers – ESL internships will provide hands-on experience for undergraduate students, while industry placements will be available for selected PhD students.“We’re incredibly excited to be entering into a partnership with the University of York to help develop fresh new esports talent,” commented James Dean, Managing Director of ESL UK. “We’ve always been committed to creating opportunities for more people to enter the industry and now, with the help of the University of York, we’re looking forward to being able to help make sure the future is even brighter and better than it is now.”“High growth rates have seen games overtake film in terms of market size. Esports shows similarly spectacular growth. Our collaboration with ESL provides us with an exceptional opportunity to pioneer highly relevant, impact-driven research in this area”, said Peter Cowling, Director of the Digital Creativity Labs at York and Professor of Computer Science. “Esports lies at the convergence of two of our academic programmes, Film and TV Production and Interactive Media”, adds Professor Andrew Higson, Head of the Department of Theatre, Film and TV at the University of York. “Partnering with ESL is an exceptional opportunity for us to develop teaching about esports and career paths for our students in this rapidly growing industry.”Esports Insider says: Big news this from ESL and University of York. A very well known and established University getting involved is great news. We particularly like the emphasis on careers as this is something often poorly executed in esports. Plus, it should give ESL UK a conveyor belt of great talent ready to pick up.last_img read more

Adom TV to telecast live Ghana Premier League matches

first_imgAdom Tv will from this weekend broadcast live some selected matches of the Ghana premier League. This is a collaboration between the Multimedia Group and Multi choice Ghana, operators of DSTv.The selected matches will be broadcast on Super Sport and Go Tv as well. Live matches for this weekend are the game between Asante Kotoko and Edubiase FC from the Baba Yara Stadium on Saturday and on Sunday, the fixture between Ashgold and Hearts of Oak from the Obuasi Len Cley Stadium.Commentary will come in twi. Adom Tv can be found on the multi tv and Go Tv boxes.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Rockets’ Dwight Howard sparks mild reaction from L.A. crowd in Game 3 loss

first_imgToo bad, considering Howard said he embraced the endless scrutiny.“That’s fun. It’s the playoffs,” said Howard, who posted a quiet 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, 14 rebounds and two blocks. “Playing in those hostile environments where you have the crowd booing you, they want you to mess up so badly. I love it. It’s a great atmosphere for me and my teammates.”The Rockets believed Howard thrived in such an environment, mindful that he finished with two 20-point-plus performances in both a Lakers and Clippers road game within the last two years. He also entered Game 3 averaging 18.4 points on 62 percent shooting and 13.4 rebounds in the 2015 postseason. Howard may have finished the first quarter of Game 3 against the Clippers with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and six rebounds. But he rotated slowly on the Clippers’ pick-and-roll coverages, allowing Blake Griffin wide-open looks at the basket. That contrasted to when Howard finished with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 13 rebounds and three blocks last season here against the Lakers, while playfully joining along to the persistent “Howard sucks” chants. Instead, Howard’s latest game mirrored the 13 points and 11 rebounds he posted in the season-opening win over the Lakers in October when he elbowed Kobe Bryant before exchanging words. Dwight Howard walked onto the court as soon he heard his name announced during the starting lineup introductions.That also meant the Rockets’ center heard something else.The sellout crowd at Staples Center greeted Howard with boos, the soundtrack of his life whenever he has visited Los Angeles since leaving the Lakers two years ago for Houston. But the jeering dropped substantially for the rest of the Clippers’ 124-99 Game 3 win in their Western Conference semifinals series against the Rockets on Friday at Staples Center. The Clippers are up 2-1 in their best-of-seven series with Game 4 taking place on Sunday at Staples Center.Fans resisted booing Howard whenever he attempted a shot or held the ball. They did not chant “Howard sucks” over and over again. The only other boos emerged whenever Howard stepped to the free-throw line, a customary greeting for any opposing player. “He’s been through it all,” Rockets guard James Harden said beforehand. “No different tonight. He’s going to go out there the way he’s been playing this postseason, dominating the paint, rebounding the basketball, finishing and dunking and leading our team.” Yet, it remains diffucult to notice any trend that Howard truly flourishes in this setting despite his contention it never involved a learning process. Howard missed two Clippers home games and one Lakers home game this season because of a persistent right knee injury. But on Friday, Howard did not meet the same level of contentiousness as he has on other nights in Los Angeles. All of which sparked the Rockets to offer a dismissive eye roll as quickly as Howard usually swats away a shot. “When fans start coming onto the court and blocking shots and stuff like that, then they’ll have an impact,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “If they’re booing you, they must be afraid of you or they don’t like you. You’re doing something right. When they’re cheering you on the road, you’re doing something wrong.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sporting News’ top 10 hockey stories of the 2010s

first_img Getty Images 7. T.J. ‘Sochie’ dominates Olympic shootoutThe last time the Winter Olympics included NHL players was in Sochi in 2014. It was then that American T.J. Oshie put on a show against the host nation, Russia, in an eight-round shootout that still resonates to this day.In round one, Oshie went five-hole on Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, giving the U.S the upper-hand. After the first three rounds, Oshie and Russia’s Ilya Kovalchuk were the only ones to score, thus sending the shootout to extras. In Olympic competition, at the start of extra rounds, the team that shot first now shoots second. Also, teams are allowed to send out repeat shooters — a strategy both teams took full advantage of.On this day, 4 years ago, we witnessed one of the greatest Olympic hockey moments of all-time.LIVE #WinterOlympics coverage continues TONIGHT on NBC at 8 PM ET / 5PM PT— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) February 15, 2018In the fourth round, Oshie had Bobrovsky sprawled out but sailed the puck high.Then, Jonathan Quick gave up a trickler of a shot to Pavel Datsyuk before Oshie, using a little luck to regather the puck after losing control, slid it between the Russian’s legs once again.Kovalchuk netted his second of the shootout with an off-speed shot in front of the hometown fans; but of course, Oshie scored yet again in the sixth when the puck ricocheted off the crossbar and the back of Bobrovsky before making its way across the line. Round seven featured misses from Datsyuk and Oshie before the American finished it off in the eighth when he blasted one straight to the back of the net. Victory for the USA. 4. USA Women defeat Canada to win goldThe 2018 Winter Olympics did not see NHL players participate, but there was still plenty of high-intensity hockey. A rivalry etched in history once again found itself at the biggest stage, as the United States and Canada went head-to-head in the gold-medal game at the Pyeongchang Olympics. It marked the fifth time in the last six Olympics that these two nations met in the championship; in 2006, Canada defeated Sweden.However, the rivalry had been dominated by Canada for much of the previous two decades. Since the U.S. won gold at the inaugural event in 1998, Canada had won four straight (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014) — but 2018’s match went in America’s favor in the most improbable of fashions.The U.S. scored first on a power-play goal with less than 30 seconds left in the first period. Two minutes into the second, Canada tied the game on a batted puck and about five minutes later Canada took its first lead on a shot from the point. The United States tied the game on a breakaway with just over six minutes left in regulation that kept the dream alive.Then, the dream came to fruition.In the sixth round of the shootout, Team USA’s Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson deked Canada’s goalie out of her skates, putting the puck softly into the back of the net. Maddie Rooney then sealed the deal with a save at the other end, and in the early hours, the USA was finally golden again. 9. Over 105 thousand attend 2014 Winter ClassicThe Winter Classic has been an NHL tradition since 2008, played in 11 different outdoor stadiums and featuring 11 of the league’s most storied franchises. On New Year’s Day 2014, “The Big House” at the University of Michigan set an NHL record with an attendance of 105,491.The last time the #WinterClassic was played on a college campus…— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) December 31, 2018Named “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal, the 2014 Winter Classic featured the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs — the first time a Canadian team participated. The two teams were set to face-off in 2013 but the event was canceled due to the league’s lockout. Regardless, fans poured into Ann Arbor, Mich. for the big game that saw the Leafs win 3-2 in a shootout. (Getty Images) Here’s Sporting News’ top 10 hockey stories of the 201s.Honorable mentionsJohn Carlson nets overtime winner as USA stuns Canada for gold at  2010 World Junior Championship.On home soil, Canada captures its first gold since 2012 at the 2015 World Juniors.Vancouver erupts in riots following Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle plays on “Hockey Fights Cancer” night — and scores.Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres play the first sporting event following the tragic events at the Boston marathon.NHL and hockey fans around the globe pay tribute following the Humbolt Broncos’ tragedy.Former NHLer Craig Cunningham makes a return to the ice following a heart attack and leg amputation. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) 10. Gritty is bornEvery once in a while, a superstar bursts onto the scene putting the hockey world on notice. After all, Auston Matthews scored four in his NHL debut. Arguably, though, nothing comes close to the entrance made by the NHL’s newest team mascot — Gritty.Born in September 2018, the orange fluffball creature quickly caught the eyes of fans and critics alike; however, once the character started to develop, their number of fans went through the roof. Now a cultural icon, Gritty brings laughter and cheers to not only Philadelphia Flyers fans but hockey fans alike.Unless, of course, you are associated with the Pittsburgh Penguins:lol ok— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 24, 2018Streaking at the Stadium Series game, mastering the social media platform TikTok, dressing as Wonder Woman and one-upping Kim Kardashian’s champaign fountain photo are just a few examples of the glory that is Gritty.All-Decade Teams: Calgary Flames | Edmonton Oilers | Montreal Canadiens | Ottawa Senators | Toronto Maple Leafs | Vancouver Canucks | Winnipeg Jets (Getty Images) (Getty Images) 6. Vegas’ inaugural seasonOn June 22, 2016, the NHL announced Las Vegas would be home to the league’s 31st franchise.Vegas put together the strongest opening season for an expansion team in the history of North American professional sports. The squad of “misfits” made it to the Stanley Cup Final and fell just short, losing to the Washington Capitals in a five-game series.At one point, the Golden Knights had 500-1 odds of winning the Cup before going on to win the Western Conference.WESTERNCONFERENCECHAMPS— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) May 20, 2018Part of the Vegas Golden Knights story that season took place just days prior to opening night. A mass shooting in Las Vegas took the lives of 58 individuals and injured hundreds more. The hashtag, #VegasStrong, quickly became the battle cry of the NHL’s newest franchise. They retired No. 58 to the rafters to honor the victims before puck drop in the home opener and no player has, or ever will, wear No. 58 for the Golden Knights.center_img The decade is coming to a close and what a 10 years it has been in the hockey world. Memories were made that will stand the test of time and teams that will never be forgotten captured our attention. There were stories around every corner and trophies placed in cabinets across the globe.With all of the events over the course of the last 10 years, it’s hard to settle on just 10 to look back on — but we did it anyway. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) (Getty Images) 8. Jets move back to WinnipegThe Winnipeg Jets are currently one of the top powerhouses in the NHL but from 1996-2010, they — technically — did not exist.History lesson: the Jets were established in 1972 and played in Winnipeg through the 1995-96 season before relocating to Phoenix and becoming today’s Arizona Coyotes. Then, in 2011, the Atlanta Thrashers, who were a mightily-struggling franchise at the time, moved to Winnipeg and reignited the hockey fanbase that already existed just north of the border.The reception was fantastic. In fact, the team sold out every game in the regular season and playoffs, before failing to do so for the first time on Oct. 15 this year. Not only were the fans back influx, but the traditional “whiteout” for home playoffs games made its return as well.The history of the #WPGWhiteout…Courtesy of @Sportsnet.— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) April 13, 2018Since heading north, the team has made the playoffs three times in eight seasons including bids in each of the last two.MORE: Winnipeg Jets top 5 moments of the decade 3. Kane’s OT winner in 2010 Stanley Cup FinalThe puck officially went missing — twice.On the first occasion, only one player knew where the puck was — and his name was Patrick Kane.When the Blackhawks winger took the short-angle shot against Michael Leighton, only Kane reacted. In fact, the referee and the clock operator had lost sight of the rubber disk as Kane began celebrating in traditional Stanley Cup-winning fashion: with gloves and sticks thrown into the air.Chicago’s Stanley Cup drought officially ended at 49 years and they would go on to win two more over the course of the decade; the first was definitely the most memorable.#10neGoal— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 26, 2019So how did the puck go missing a second time?Following the triumphant celebration, one question remained: where is the puck?It was officially seen in the back of the net but from then on, it’s been a mystery that has been investigated but has no end in sight. Where is the puck? Who has the puck? Why can no one find the puck? These are valid questions but ones with no answer, adding to the history that is the NHL.From Raptors in 6 to The Golden Goal: The top 10 Canadian sports moments of the decade (Getty Images) 2. No longer Blue in St. LouisArguably the most impressive Cinderella story in the history of the NHL came less than a year ago.On Jan. 3, 2019, the St Louis Blues stood last in the NHL standings. On June 12, they were first — and Stanley Cup champions.A miracle run led by then-interim head coach Craig Berube and rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, St. Louis finished the season on a 30-10-5 run and made the playoffs as the third seed in the Central Division.Six games against the Winnipeg Jets, double-overtime in Game 7 against the Dallas Stars and another six-game series win over the San Jose Sharks put the Blues in the Stanley Cup Final. They then went ahead and gave St. Louis its first-ever Stanley Cup championship.History made. #StanleyCup #stlblues— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 13, 2019A major part of the beautiful story was the motivation the team received from a courageous girl by the name of Laila Anderson. Laila suffers from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and in December, received word that she has received a match for a bone marrow donor. She built a special relationship with the team and she partook in all the celebrations with them, including getting her own ring. 5. Caps get their first CupAlex Ovechkin has consistently been one of the top players in the NHL over his 10-plus years in the league — and in 2018, Ovi got his Cup.Joining the league in 1974, the Capitals had just one previous Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1998 when they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings. Then, they were in it again in 2018 and weren’t going to let the opportunity pass them by.Alex Ovechkin did a keg stand out of the Stanley Cup 😂(via @tonyandjoes)— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 9, 2018Washington, D.C., has had quite a decade but it was the Capitals who opened the run of championships as the Nationals (MLB) and the Mystics (WNBA) both won titles in 2019.After the Caps took the series against the Vegas Golden Knights, the summer of Ovechkin officially began. From drinking to sleeping, the Russian star did everything with his new pal: Stanley.The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | Ovi and the NHL All-Decade Team 1. “The Next One” nets the “Golden Goal”Feb. 28, 2010.It seems almost unfair that the top event of the decade took place only 59 days into it — but there’s no doubt that Sidney Crosby’s overtime-game winner in the gold-medal game of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics against the United States deserves the top spot on this list.Crosby took a pass from Jarome Iginla and put it in the back of the net, providing Canada and the hockey world with a moment no one will forget. With his golden moment, Crosby — who had already tasted success in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins — further cemented his status as a superstar.On this day, 9 years ago: Sidney Crosby scores the Golden Goal— Gino Hard (@Ginohard_) February 28, 2019last_img read more

Kroos rectifies: “I see logical to give up part of the salary”

first_imgToni Kroos He wanted to clarify his words about the voluntary agreement reached between Real Madrid and its players to lower the salary by 10% if the competition resumes and by 20% if no more is played. The midfielder posted: “It may not have been translated correctly or some may not want to understand it. From the first moment, my opinion you know me well, is this: If we can help workers and areas in the club, it makes sense to give up part of our salary, something that has been verified today “. These statements are preceded by those made by the German midfielder on the SWR podcast about a possible drop and which caused great controversy: “A drop in salary is like a donation in vain or for the club. I am in favor of paying the Full salary and everyone doing sensible things with it. Everyone is asked to help where it’s needed, and there are many places where it’s needed. “ Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer, supported Kroos’ words regarding the drop in wages: “Lowering the salary is either lost or donated to the club. I am in favor of everyone doing sensible things with their salary Many of these footballers earn a lot of money and should contribute, but I am sure that the vast majority are willing to help, if they have not already done so. “center_img It is possible that it has not been translated correctly or that some do not want to understand.From the first moment, my opinion you know me well, is this: if we can help workers and areas in the Club, it is logical to give up part of our salary, something that It has been verified today.– Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) April 8, 2020last_img read more