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

Cardiff end goal drought but Arsenal do enough to claim three points

first_imgArsenal were twice pegged back by Cardiff but still managed to secure their second win of the season with a 3-2 defeat of the Bluebirds in Wales.Neil Warnock’s side scored their first and second goals of the season by taking advantage of some woeful Arsenal defending, but goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were enough for Unai Emery’s side to head into the international break with six points to their name.Mustfai’s opened the scoring with a powerful header that came from a quite superb Xhaka corner, and it was deserved with Arsenal testing Etheridge in the Cardiff goal time and again in the opening stages. Bellerin, Ramsey and Monreal were each denied in the minutes before and after centre-back Mustafi thundered the ball into the top corner of the net. But Cardiff refused to concede defeat, and they pulled level for the second time when Ward headed past Cech after getting onto the end of Morrison’s flick-on.Reid had the chance to send the hosts ahead with just over 10 minutes remaining, but Cech saved well from his shot, and then Lacazette fired a miraculously powerful strike over Etheridge to restore Arsenal’s lead.Morrison came close to grabbing a third equaliser for Cardiff in injury time, but his header dropped over the bar and the Bluebirds were not afforded another chance to restore parity before the final whistle blew.STAR MANNeil Etheridge made a host of excellent saves to keep Cardiff in with a chance of securing a share of the spoils in the final stages of the game. In the first 10 minutes alone Arsenal could have scored three or four times were it not for the fine form of Etheridge, who denied Monreal, Bellerin, Lacazette and Mustafi on numerous occasions. He may have been beaten three times, with Cardiff going on to lose the match, but all three of Arsenal’s goals were top class efforts the glovesman could do little about. 8 8 Camarasa scored Cardiff’s first league goal of the 2018/19 season But, after that early flurry, Cardiff grew into the game and had some brilliant chances of their own.Ward should have scored but ended up inches away from connecting with Reid’s low delivery across the face of goal, then Hoillet fired wide after gaining possession inside the area.Further chances fell to Reid and Hoillet before Lacazette hit the post as Arsenal went so close to doubling their lead.Cardiff were doing all they could to score their first goal of the season, and chances were being created consistently, but the lack of a finisher meant Cech was never seriously tested.Until, that is, a cross from Bennett found Camarasa inside the area, and he fired high into the Arsenal goal after brilliantly turning Monreal. The restart signalled Arsenal regaining dominance, with Etheridge forced into further excellent saves to keep out Monreal and Mustafi.However, he could do nothing about the superb strike that restored the visitor’s lead just after the hour mark; fine link-up play between Lacazette and Aubameyang resulted in the latter finding space on the edge of the area, and he curled a beautiful finish into the right-hand corner of Cardiff’s goal. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won revealed tense Most read in Premier League Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? MOMENT OF THE MATCHArsenal’s second goal was a sublime showing of attacking football Arsene Wenger would have been proud of. The ball was played forward by Mesut Ozil into the path of Alexandre Lacazette, and he flicked the ball first time into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Taking a few steps forward to set himself up for the shot, Aubameyang then curled a fine finish past Etheridge’s outstretched arm to get off the mark for the season.MATCH STATS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE latest Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img silverware predicted 8 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? whoops changes SORRY Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Etheridge has been Cardiff’s best performer so far this season Mustafi opened the scoring with a fine header from Xhaka’s corner Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 8last_img read more