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Student Affairs VP to step down in June

first_imgVice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson will resign June 30, President C. L. Max Nikias announced Monday in a letter addressed to the USC community.Legendary leader · Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson announced Monday that he will resign after 18 years at USC. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe provost’s office will conduct a national search to fill the position of vice president for student affairs soon, according to the letter. Jackson will take a one-year sabbatical from USC and return as emeritus vice president and executive director of International Advancement. He will also continue to teach in the Rossier School of Education.“For 18 years, Dr. Jackson has served in this key leadership role with tremendous distinction, assisting the university in its efforts to become a top destination for students around the world, as well as a fully residential university,” Nikias said in the letter. “Dr. Jackson has touched countless students with his vision and compassion, and I know the entire USC community joins me in commending his outstanding service.”Jackson oversaw key changes to the university, including the expansion of several Programs in Student Affairs, such as the Career Center and Orientation programs, as well as the construction of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Residential College at Parkside and the Arts and Humanities Residential College. His department also added the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, the Office of Veterans and Transfer and the Office of Parent Programs. As vice president for student affairs, Jackson’s department oversees the Office of Student Publications, which includes the Daily Trojan.At a “What Matters to Me and Why” event last year, Jackson said he believes part of God’s plan is that love gets actualized when communities care for one another.“How I go about spreading this love is the work I do in this role as a vice president for student affairs at USC,” Jackson said. “I work with the goal of providing environments that allow others to thrive and fulfill their dreams and their hopes so they can go out and spread peace and love.”Many student organizations have felt the impact of Jackson’s influence.“He’s been inspirational and a visionary for the university,” said Graduate Student Government President Yael Adef. “It’s going to be a tremendous loss to the student body.”Undergraduate Student Government President Mikey Geragos said Jackson’s achievements at USC speak for themselves.“It caught me by surprise because he’s been such a staple at this university for such a while,” Geragos said. “It’s sad for me to see him go … and [these accomplishments] really show his dedication to the university.”Nikias wrote that Jackson’s contributions have shaped the direction of the university for years to come.“As we acknowledge Dr. Jackson’s stellar service to USC, we wish him continued success in the next phase of his career,” Nikias said in his statement. “His contributions to this university are both extensive and exceptional, and for this, we are all truly grateful.”last_img read more

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Badgers fans, players shocked on social media as Andersen leaves for Oregon State

first_imgWhen you are told to go to the academic center and study for finals and later on you hear your coach left… Wow— Rafael Gaglianone (@rafagaglianone) December 10, 2014 …. Shocked.— Corey Clement (@CoreyClement_6) December 10, 2014 I still love and respect everything about Coach Andersen— DJ Gillins (@BlessedWhereIAm) December 10, 2014 OK, I’ll coach. #Badgers— Anders Holm (@ders808) December 10, 2014 …..— Sojourn Shelton II (@_SDS8) December 10, 2014 In Coach Alvarez We Trust. #OnWisconsin— Derek Watt (@DerekWatt34) December 10, 2014 Gary Andersen’s departure from the Wisconsin football team left Badgers players and fans shocked on social media.Andersen, the team’s head coach for two seasons, announced Wednesday afternoon he was leaving for Oregon State, a few weeks before the Badgers take on Auburn at the Outback Bowl.UW football coach Gary Andersen leaving for Oregon StateWisconsin football head coach Gary Andersen will be leaving the team for a head coaching position at Oregon State University, Read…University of Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said at a news conference players were surprised to hear Andersen was leaving, although older players went through the same thing when Bret Bielema left the Badgers as they prepared for the Rose Bowl.Alvarez ensured UW “will replace Coach Andersen with another excellent coach and staff.”“They were all shocked,” Alvarez said of the players. “I think a couple of the younger players were a little more emotional. The old guys, as I try to stress to them, I told them the same thing I told them two years ago. Everyone’s afraid of change, but let’s use it as a life lesson. Let’s embrace change because you can grow through change. … Our program will not take a step backward.”Here’s how some of the Badgers players reacted on social media: Wow.— Jake Keefer (@KeeferJake) December 10, 2014Alumni and fans also weighed in on Andersen’s move, including former Badgers running back Montee Ball.@Melvingordon25 I mean like… No words— Montee Ball (@ballrb28) December 10, 2014 .@BeingAndersen Y U DO DIS?— Buckenghem U Badgr (@BuckiBadgrPls) December 10, 2014 Wow. Great timing— Chikwe Obasih (@Big_Cheeks34) December 10, 2014 Gary Anderson is leaving @UWBadgers? And @Melvingordon25?!? Nooooo!!!— Jess Chatham (@JChat77) December 10, 2014https://twitter.com/JesseReid23/status/542811977220108288last_img read more

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Jets’ healthy Maye makes big plays, sheds injury-prone label

first_img WATCH US LIVE  This was exactly what Marcus Maye daydreamed about as he pushed through all those frustrating hours of treatment and rehab.It’s Week 17 and the New York Jets safety is finishing the season still on the field — healthy.Maye’s first two NFL seasons included some big plays, but injuries led to even bigger doubts from some who wondered whether he could stay healthy enough to be a consistent and reliable presence in the secondary. He’s silencing all that by being all over the field — from the beginning of the season to the end.“It means a lot,” Maye said Tuesday. “In our profession, that’s probably one of the main things is staying healthy and staying available. Going into the year, that was probably one of my main goals, just being out there with the guys and just trying to be out there for my team.”The 26-year-old Maye was a second-round draft pick in 2017 out of Florida, selected 33 picks after the Jets took Jamal Adams. New York envisioned having the best safety duo in the NFL, causing matchup nightmares for opposing offenses.While Adams has developed into a two-time Pro Bowl selection, injuries have stunted Maye’s progress. Maye actually started every game as a rookie, but the last was shortened by a severe ankle injury that also caused him to miss the first three games of last season.He came back and made plays, including making some dubious history when he returned an interception 104 yards and was tackled just short of scoring a touchdown for longest INT return without scoring. But Maye broke a thumb the following week and missed a game. He played in three more contests before injuring a shoulder and missing the rest of the year.“There were definitely a lot of ups and downs,” Maye said. “It’s just something that you can’t control in our game. It’s just part of the nature. Trying to get back out there and the long offseason with the rehab and the treatment sessions, it’s definitely something that isn’t easy to go through.”Maye focused on being back for the season opener this year, and he made it.While he might be overshadowed a bit by the more vocal Adams, Maye has done his part as a crucial part of Gregg Williams’ defense. He’s fifth on the team with 57 tackles and has one interception and six passes defensed as the starting free safety.“What he’s doing on the field does not shock me,” said Adams, who considers Maye a close friend. “It shocks a lot of people outside because they don’t really watch him or understand who he is as a player. So, what he’s doing, hats off to him.”Maye was all over the field last Sunday in“He balled, bro,” Adams said. “He’s very underrated. People don’t give him his respect, but he works his butt off.”With the Steelers driving for a potential score in the second quarter,He topped that late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line when Hodges threw a deep pass on third down from the Steelers 44 and Maye twisted his body in midair, extended his left arm and knocked the ball out of James Washington’s hands to break up the pass just short of the end zone.“The quarterback threw a great ball,” Maye said. “I was just trying to find the ball, track the ball and doing what we do every day in individuals (drills) and we came out on the right end of it.”It saved the game for the Jets, and served as a reminder of just how good Maye can be when healthy.Maye hopes to continue the good fortune for one more game, and to come out of it unscathed. It would be the first time in his NFL career he would be able to focus simply on improving his skills in the offseason instead of spending countless hours with trainers.“You have a goal and that was to start the season healthy, start the season strong and to finish strong,” Maye said. “And, to get to this point now and look back at everything I’ve been through, it’s definitely a heartwarming feeling to be at this point now. Now all we have to do is finish strong.”NOTES: The Jets had a walkthrough practice, but coach Adam Gase said G Tom Compton (calf), G Alex Lewis (ankle) and WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) didn’t participate. … Adams was among those considered limited after returning Sunday from an ankle injury that sidelined him two games. He said he’ll be fine to play at Buffalo. When asked if he thinks the Jets owe the Bills some payback for the loss in Week 1, Adams didn’t hesitate: “Yeah, we’re coming after them. We’re huntin’, man. It’s a playoff game for us. We hear they’re going to start their starters — that’s good. We’re looking forward to the matchup, I can tell you that.”___More AP NFL: Written By COMMENT Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img LIVE TV First Published: 25th December, 2019 12:48 IST Last Updated: 25th December, 2019 12:48 IST Jets’ Healthy Maye Makes Big Plays, Sheds Injury-prone Label  This was exactly what Marcus Maye daydreamed about as he pushed through all those frustrating hours of treatment and rehab. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Tipp pair selected for Saracens clash

first_imgMunster have made 5 changes for this weekends Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens at the Aviva.The Tipperary duo of Donnacha Ryan and Tommy O’Donnell are in the starting 15.Conor Murray is still out injured – Duncan Willems is at scrum half while Tyler Bleyendaal returns at out half and Darren Sweetnam is replaced on the wing by Andrew Conway. CJ Stander has got over an ankle injury and starts at number 8 with Peter O’Mahony captaining the side from the blindside.Sean O’Brien is out of Leinster’s semi final clash with Clermont in Lyon on Sunday.Head Coach Leo Cullen has confirmed the back row has a tightness in his hamstring.Joey Carberry gets the nod at full back while Fergus Mc Fadden and Isa Nacewa are on the wings.The back row is Rhys Ruddock , Dan Leavy and Jack Conan meaning that Josh Van Der Flier is on the bench. Photo: © Munsterrugby.ielast_img read more

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Sky Bet links with Injured Jockeys Fund for Cheltenham initiative

first_img StumbleUpon Share Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Submit EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Related Articles Sky Bet and Heavyweight Sports has outlined ambitions to raise the profile of a nominated charity, ahead of Sky Bet’s sponsorship of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at next week’s Cheltenham Festival. This year’s high profile Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle will see the UK’s most popular online bookmaker link up with the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF). As Sky Bet not only offers the IJF the honour and profile of walking in the first race winner of racing’s biggest week of the year but also donates £5000 to the charity.For their part the IJF have given the honour of walking in the Festival’s first winner to one of their many beneficiaries; former jockey Richard Hawkins. Darren Haines of Heavyweight Sports commented: “This is what brands should be doing to sweat their sponsorships in 2018. Putting a colourful sash on a promotional team achieves very little and, in any case, is all but invisible to your customer’s brand-wary eyes in this day and age.“People expect companies to do more now and use their brand weight to positive affect, which this certainly does. It is great that Sky Bet are leading the industry in conscientiously breaking away from the old and tired traditions.” Sandro Di Michele, head of PR for Sky Bet, added: “We have long felt the use of Walk-In girls for promotional uses has had its day in sport and the time was right to use this exposure opportunity more positively. This honour that Sky Bet will be providing to a charity each year will afford them some great exposure given there is so much anticipation and excitement for the Festival’s curtain-raising Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race.“As soon as we decided this we knew that the Injured Jockeys Fund was absolutely the right charity to work with for the first winner’s walk-in and their decision to give that honour to one of their many beneficiaries, Richard, is inspired.” How Racegoers Can Give to The IJF with Sky Bet:In addition to Sky Bet’s £5000 donation to the IJF the bookmaker is encouraging Cheltenham racegoers and fans watching at home to also give what they can to the charity. They can do so by donating on line www.injuredjockeys.co.ukCall: 01638662246Text IJF to 70800 to donate £5last_img read more

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Bad Governance Triggers Tragic Reversal in the Trans Atlantic Voyage

first_imgOne of the saddest, even most tragic phenomena (occurrences) facing Africa today is the reverse in the trans-Atlantic voyages taking place. This time it is not across the Atlantic Ocean, but across the Mediterranean Sea, claiming thousands of lives.Do we Africans understand or come to grips with what this really means? Have we forgotten what happened to us Africans – 15 million of us – in the 15th through the 19th centuries?It was called the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade when millions of Africans were captured, chained and held in the bottom of ships, mostly from England and America, and shipped to the Western Hemisphere as slaves.Yes, this was one of history’s most despicable, inhumane and tragic incidents, which went on until March 1807, when William Wilberforce and others successfully pushed through the British Parliament the Anti-Slave Trade Law that ended slavery in Britain and all of its colonies. But slavery continued in the southern United States, provoking the American Civil War. The southern states, determined to continue slavery, seceded from the Federal Government, challenging President Abraham Lincoln. But the Federal Government won the war and in 1865 President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in America. But this was followed by Jim Crow by which the southern whites instituted vicious racism and segregation against blacks that lasted more than a century. But the faith of the black people, expressed in Negro Spirituals and the Civil Rights Movement, led by the NAACP and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, ended the legality of racial discrimination throughout the USA.The struggle was climaxed eight years ago with the election of Barack Obama as the first Black President of the USA. He won a second term. But now Donald Trump, a white American billionaire, has been elected the new President, backed mainly by white Americans. It is too early to tell whether this election is a “white-lash” against President Obama’s political success. But already, Trump has selected as his Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor a man known by many to be a white supremacist. What kind of signal Mr. Trump seems to be sending remains to be seen.Why must we go through all this? It is simply because we in Africa seem to have forgotten our horrific past.For here we are today, with the entire continent free and independent, yet faced with terrible governance in so many parts of the continent—from West to East, from North to South. This situation is forcing Africa’s young people to flee the continent for Europe, not in chains this time, but of their own volition, taking dangerous, even suicidal risks to cross the Sahara Desert into Libya only to reach the Mediterranean Sea for the cross over into Europe. In the process, thousands of these young Africans have drowned in the Mediterranean. Why are they dying in the Mediterranean graveyard? Only because they have lost hope in Africa and have decided to vote with their feet, running away from their beloved homes in their dear Mother Africa to hopefully seek a better life in Europe.Why? Because too many African countries have failed them and so they—the young people—have lost hope. The main problem is bad governance. Take oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, the son of whose president is behaving like a billionaire. Just recently the police in Switzerland found in his garage eight expensive sports cars, each costing at least US$400,000. This is how the ruling family is squandering the nation’s money while its people are languishing in poverty?One of Liberia’s most lucrative state enterprises, the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) became bankrupt under the watch of the Liberian President’s son Robert Sirleaf, with over US$30 million lost? It is an extraordinary blessing that Liberian youth are not among the Africans perishing in the Mediterranean. Or are they?Travel across West Africa and to the East and see how an Ethiopian minority government has marginalized the nation’s two major ethnic groups, the Amhara and the Oromo, threatening a civil war.There is yet next door, Eritrea, whose leader has inflicted upon his people one of the worst tyrannies found anywhere. Tens of thousands of Eritreans have fled to Ethiopia and abroad because of this unbearable existence.In Southern Africa, President Jacob Zuma has damaged the legacies of Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress. Such a rich and promising country is going downhill because of one corrupt, greedy and selfish man! Go further to Zimbabwe, whose president, now in his nineties, is still holding on to power, and doing so in oppressively brutal fashion as though it was he alone who fought the war of liberation from white minority rule.These are but few examples of bad governance in Africa that is forcing our young people to flee their beloved continent to cross the Mediterranean into Europe, thousands of them dying in the process from the dilapidated or tattered boats in which they traveled.There are some powerful African Organizations, such as the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union, that are watching all these things happening and saying and doing nothing about them. What have these organizations to say about bad governance in Africa? Or are they the same ‘Old Boys Club’ that treat with benign neglect the corruption and mismanagement plaguing the continent and frustrating the hopes and aspirations of African youth?Will these organizations rise up and do something to save Africa and restore the hope of our youth?That remains to be seen. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ellen’s Mo Ibraham Award Elates MRU Secretariat

first_imgFormer President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The Mano River Union (MRU) has congratulated former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the award of the most prestigious and converted Mo Ibrahim prize for leadership in Africa, a press release from the MRU Secretariat in Freetown, Sierra Leone has said.According to the release, which was dispatched on Friday from the MRU Secretariat in Freetown, the Secretary General, Medina Wesseh, expressed immense pride and joy in the selection of Africa’s first woman elected president for this continental prize in good stewardship and leadership.The committee also said during her 12 years as president of Liberia, Madam Sirleaf  exemplified transformation in leadership.The MRU is convinced that the sub region of the four member states are living testimonies of the veracity of transformation, where the image of region has positively changed itself into a region of peace and general stability from the immediate distant past when the world saw only chaos and insurrection.“Under her watch the then Liberian president made it a cornerstone of her foreign policy that no inch of Liberian soil would ever again be used to cause instability in any of its neighbors,” the release said.Sirleaf not only ensured peace within her country, but when she chaired the MRU and beyond, encouraged dialogue and discourse in the governance and development agenda of the member states toward regional integration.The MRU believes that the award will not only help to strengthen the democratic culture of governance and peace building, but will be highlighted in every country in the MRU Basin to encourage all and most especially women leaders to emulate the life and works of the former president of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GM, owner defend moves

first_img“We set out to strengthen the club this offseason and while we did it differently than we originally planned, the bottom line is winning games and we think we’re going to win a lot of them,” Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said. “Our strength is in our pitching and we think we improved that by signing Justin Speier, who will add depth to our bullpen, and we strengthened our defense greatly by signing Gary Matthews Jr. to play center field. “People always talk about us not getting that big bat but this is my eighth year and I remember not too long ago, we had fourguys hit 30 or more home runs in the same season and we had an awful year. It really does take 25 guys to work together and a strong pitching staff to win.” After taking a year off, the Angels held their third Fan Fest in the past four years in the Angel Stadium parking lot. Between 25,000 and 30,000 fans came out to meet and greet their favorite players before they leave for spring training. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Wednesday to Tempe, Ariz. ben.villa@presstelegram.com (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANAHEIM – Angels officials defended their offseason moves at the team’s Fan Fest on Saturday. Many of their fans were disappointed the team’s they didn’t acquire a big bat in the offseason to protect Vladimir Guerrero. center_img Last season, the Angels had trouble scoring runs on their way to a second-place finish in the American League West behind the Oakland A’s. But before the 2006 season ended, owner Arte Moreno guaranteed the Angels would do something big this offseason. While the Angels did not get that big bat the fans expected, they weren’t inactive, either. In addition to Speier and Matthews Jr., who batted .313 lastseason with 19 home runs and 79RBI, the Angels also signed Shea Hillenbrand, who batted .277 with 21 home runs while splitting last season between the Toronto Blue Jays and SanFrancisco Giants. Matthews (Granada Hills High/Mission College) is expected to bat leadoff. Hillenbrand can play first and third base or be the designated hitter. “We offered Alfonso Soriano $118 million to come here but it didn’t work out,” Moreno said. “And after I made that guarantee last year, I learned that maybe I shouldn’t put my foot in my mouth anymore. But I told Bill, if you want to make a move during the season that will improve the club, don’t worry about the budget. Money won’t be a problem.” last_img read more

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Defensive effort leads Miller girls

first_imgPracticing defense takes up most of Miller’s practices, and the repetition paid off Wednesday night as the top-seeded Rebels earned a 69-32 victory over La Canada in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs. Miller earned its 17th consecutive victory, improving to 27-2, and advanced to play Corona Santiago, a 65-64 winner over Harvard Westlake, on Saturday night. Wilkins also substituted five players at a time twice in the opening quarter with the hope of wearing down La Canada. “I knew their team wasn’t that deep, so I figured we could keep fresh legs in the game early,” he said. Freshman Chloe Wells led all scorers with 21 points, while junior Briana Hall added 19. “I just felt confident tonight and I knew we would win,” Hall said. “I just felt it.” La Canada (17-11) was led by Emily Ballard’s 11 points. The Spartans kept things close for the first 10 minutes, but Wells and Hall each had four points in the final 3:30 of the second quarter to lead 31-16 at halftime. The Rebels removed any lingering doubt by scoring the first seven points of the third quarter. Wilkins said the playoffs are a lot about the mental attitude, but said his team would probably have to do a better job of rebounding to make a long run in the postseason. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Rebels, winners of the Citrus Belt League with a 14-0 record, have held their opponents under 36 points for the last 13 games. “We go over defensive sets and try to get easy baskets off our defense,” Wilkins said. “Defense is all heart and attitude, and we take it to heart that we don’t get beat.” The Rebels pressed from the opening tipoff to the final buzzer, and they scored the first six points while forcing turnovers in the backcourt. Miller’s press is unique in that one of their tallest players, 6-foot junior Kenisha McKee, guards the inbound pass. “They are bigger and very athletic, and we have two 5-foot-2 guards in the backcourt,” La Canada coach Tamar Hill said. “They swarm the ball and anticipate well.” center_img FONTANA – The guiding philosophy espoused by Miller girls basketball coach Mel Wilkins is simple. “Defense is not an option,” Wilkins said. last_img read more