USG prepares for meeting with Nikias and Quick

first_imgAt last night’s Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting, USG President Rini Sampath announced a forthcoming meeting with USC President C. L. Max Nikias to discuss past and future plans.Sampath mentioned that for the past two weeks, she has consulted her executive cabinet and the various program board assemblies for the topics to be covered at the meeting. Sampath stressed the importance of this official meeting, which comes only once per semester.“I’ve made it very clear that, in the coming year, any opportunity I have to sit down with an administrator is an opportunity for other students to have a seat at the table,” Sampath said. “I think that in the past, students have often felt disconnected with the administrators and I want to show that this is an opportunity for them to have their concerns heard through the USG leadership.”Sampath then described the various issues she plans to cover during the meeting. One of the issues she will touch upon is mental health advocacy. Sampath stated that mental health is major issue on campus, and that the number of counselors is insufficient.“What we find is that [the] Engemann [Student Health Center] … looks beautiful, but it’s probably not the most functional space,” Sampath said. “One student told one of our directors that he got on the phone with someone at Engemann, and the first question they asked him was, ‘Are you suicidal?’ That’s not how we should determine if someone should be seeing a counselor or not.”Sampath said that the student was then sent an email and told that he would have a three-week wait time before he met a counselor.“I don’t know if this is just one case, but I think that this is definitely happening to other students if it is happening to one student,” Sampath said. “I want to express to President Nikias that if we have a $6 billion endowment campaign, we need to be investing resources from that campaign to [be] fixing problems like this.”Another policy point on the agenda, Sampath mentioned, will be sexual assault prevention. Francesca Bessey,  assistant director of Wellness Affairs and a sexual assault activist on campus, drafted a two-page document on sexual assault prevention strategies with Shyann Murphy and Vanessa Diaz, co-directors of the Women Students Assembly.“If all these activists are putting so much time and effort into events like Take Back the Night with the clothesline project at alumni park, we need to see some kind of response from our administration,” Sampath said. “We want acknowledgement that we have a culture on campus that disrespects women at times, but also things like increasing funding for programming these awareness events.”During the meeting with Nikias, Sampath will also touch on proposals to establish sustainability efforts. She mentioned that Environmental Student Assembly Director Shawn Rhoads has been working to put together a sustainability plan.“This is something that USG backs. If we want to be a leading university we need to be looking at sustainability efforts as well,” Sampath said. “The more we want to compete with these top 25 and Ivy League schools, the more we need to be the frontrunners and pioneers in things like sustainability.”Lastly, Sampath will be discussing the Black House project and minority issues on campus.“I really want to bring attention to the issues of marginalized communities on campus with our ‘I, Too, Am USC’ project, and I’m hoping to bring some of the photographs from that campaign of students expressing their discomfort on this campus,” Sampath said. “These are the tough conversations that we need to be having with administrators, especially if I have only one opportunity per semester to meet with people like President Nikias.”When asked if this would be a symbolic meeting, Sampath answered that past meetings with Nikias have brought results.“The last time that we met, President Nikias told us that he would be looking to waive security fees during events like Spring Fest, which lifts a huge burden from USG,” Sampath said. “That is just one example, but now I think it’s time to go in and ask him these requests that could make our students happier.”On May 5, Sampath and USG Vice President Jordan Fowler will also meet with Provost Michael Quick to discuss future plans involving the Academic Affairs committee and Academic Culture committee.last_img read more

Geno Thorpe has left Syracuse basketball for personal reasons

first_img Published on December 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TR Syracuse guard Geno Thorpe is leaving the program, SU Athletics announced on Friday afternoon. His departure comes after he played a season-low four minutes against Maryland on Monday. He left the program, at least in part, because he was unhappy with his playing time, multiple sources told The Daily Orange. Thorpe left Penn State at the end of the 2013-14 season for the same reason.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThorpe did not board the team’s flight to Miami for its game against Kansas on Saturday afternoon.This leaves SU with three scholarship guards: junior Frank Howard, sophomore Tyus Battle and freshman Howard Washington.The graduate transfer was brought in from South Florida to provide depth and he was a part of the three-guard lineups — with Howard and Battle — that SU head coach Jim Boeheim discussed at the beginning of the year. Syracuse has not played that lineup much recently, instead going with freshmen forwards Oshae Brissett and Marek Dolezaj.“He wants to start in the three-guard rotation,” Gene Thorpe, Geno’s father, told The Daily Orange in October. “(He wants to) be part of the starting lineup with Howard (and) Battle.”Thorpe has played in six games, averaging 14.3 minutes and six points per game.“He loves (Syracuse) so far,” Gene added.Thorpe was enrolled in one class this semester that met once per week. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Angels hope JC Ramírez will accept minor league assignment, work to regain velocity

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM — JC Ramírez’s lost velocity proved to be a significant issue for the Angels, who on Thursday removed him from the roster.Ramírez, who was out of options, was outrighted. Because he’d been outrighted previously, he has a right to refuse the assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake and become a free agent.The Angels would like to keep him, in hopes of trying to get him back to level he was before Tommy John surgery.“If he were to go to Salt Lake, it would allow us to get him more regular work and hopefully that would aid in him returning to form,” Manager Brad Ausmus said.center_img REMEMBERING SKAGGSChicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito, a close friend and workout partner of Tyler Skaggs, will pitch on Friday at Angel Stadium for the first time since Skaggs’ death.“It’s been tough,” Giolito told reporters on Thursday. “Coming back here is a bit weird. …  It would be much better if I can come out here and get some dinner like we were planning on doing, but it’s been tough.”Giolito, who was born in Santa Monica and attended Harvard-Westlake High, has been wearing Skaggs’ number on his cap. He returned to Santa Monica for Skaggs’ memorial service last month.“He was a great guy,” Giolito said. “A lot of things have been said about him over the past couple of months here but the biggest thing for me, the impact he left on me, was his attitude toward baseball, his attitude toward life. I carry a lot of that with me. It helped me, just the carefree, charismatic part. That’s who I am in our clubhouse. It’s definitely something I took from him when I was much younger.”ALSOAndrelton Simmons, who has a sprained ankle and bone bruise, said that he’s going to start swinging a bat on Saturday. Simmons still isn’t sure when he can return, though…Tommy La Stella, who broke his leg, said he’s been walking on a treadmill and running on an anti-gravity treadmill. He has been throwing. He said he’s not sure when he’ll be back, but the initial timeline had him returning in late August or early September. …Patrick Sandoval, a product of Mission Viejo High, on Friday will pitch for the first time at Angel Stadium, a park he said he attended about 50 times growing up as an Angels fan. He said he has at least 20 friends and another 20 family members that he knows will be at the game on Friday. …Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Kevan Smith, on the injured list because of back spasms, said he feels like he could be ready to be activated when he’s eligible next Wednesday. Because the Angels are off next Thursday, though, he thinks they may wait until next Friday to activate him. …Luke Bard, out with a bruised triceps from being hit by a line drive, is expected to be activated in the next day or two. …Keynan Middleton is scheduled to pitch for Salt Lake on Friday. Middleton, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is expected to pitch two or three times at Triple-A before being activated, barring any setbacks. …UP NEXTAngels (LHP Patrick Sandoval, 0-0, 5.59) vs. White Sox (RHP Lucas Giolito, 12-6, 3.42), 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West Ramírez’s fastball averaged 95.5 mph in 2017, his breakthrough season as a starter. He pitched just twice in 2018 before needing surgery, and when he returned to the majors a few weeks ago, the velocity was still lacking. He averaged 91.0 mph in five games.Ausmus said Ramírez’s repertoire was there, but the fastball wasn’t.“I think the velocity difference was sizable,” Ausmus said. “The pitches themselves didn’t necessarily look that different other than the velocity change.”Ramírez had allowed four runs in eight innings. He said after he returned that he knew the velocity was lacking, but he figured it would come back with time. Ausmus said last weekend that it could return by next season.The Angels had a roster decision to make on Thursday, though, because Adalberto Mejia returned. He had been on the restricted list to attend to a personal matter. Once he returned, the Angels needed to put him on the active roster.last_img read more

Wintry, wet weather expected to linger

first_imgAbout 2:26 a.m., several vehicles, including two big rigs, were involved in a crash along the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway transition in Pasadena, causing 100 gallons of diesel fuel to leak into the roadway, said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos. Crews spent several hours cleaning up debris and the fuel spill before the road could be reopened around 9 a.m. There were no reports of injuries in the crash, he said. The CHP tallied 133 accidents between 5 and 9 a.m. Monday, compared with 57 accidents during the same time period Feb. 12, Villalobos said. All the accidents occurred in the CHP’s coverage area, which includes Los Angeles freeways, unincorporated areas of the county, and state routes in the county, he said. No fatalities have been reported so far, he said. “There’s minor complaints of pain, minor injuries, but a lot of crashes,” Villalobos said. “People are just driving too fast for the wet weather,” he said, noting many of the accidents are solo spinouts and cars hitting guardrails. City News Service contributed to this story. Monday (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It is expected to be partly cloudy today. The change in weather is due to a fairly strong low-pressure system moving a ridge of high pressure out of the area, Meier said. Saturday’s temperatures did not break any records. However, in downtown Los Angeles, a reading of 89 degrees tied a record set in 1890. The days are expected to get warmer after Thursday, with another slightly windy, but not quite as hot, weekend ahead, Meier said. Meantime, drivers traveling at unsafe speeds along slippery roads caused dozens of accidents on area freeways , according to the California Highway Patrol. • Photo Gallery: After the stormPASADENA – The weather made an abrupt turn over the weekend, with sunshine and 80-degree temperatures Saturday giving way to cold and rain overnight Sunday. Weather forecasters say the rainy weather will continue this week, with a chance of scattered showers Wednesday night through Thursday. “It will be more of the same compared with what we saw \[Monday,” said Jamie Meier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. last_img read more

Man on GAA team-bonding trip got very drunk and was arrested

first_imgA Galway man who came to Letterkenny on a team-bonding exercise with his GAA team got very drunk and was arrested by Gardai.Ryan Smith, aged 20, was arrested by Gardai after being a danger to the public and himself at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny on February 24th, 2018. Smith, of Williamstown, Galway told Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court that he did not normally drink but got very drunk during a team-bonding exercise.Garda Sgt Jim Collins told the court that Smith was cooperative when arrested.Judge Kelly asked the accused “Well, did the binding work. Is that the way you would behave in Galway?”“I wouldn’t normally drink. I’m sorry,” said Smith.Judge Kelly applied the Probation Act.Man on GAA team-bonding trip got very drunk and was arrested was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more