Spanking Children Might Not Be That Harmful, Stetson Professor Finds

first_imgFlorida Daily 13 December 2018Family First Comment: We already knew that, but his comments are interesting…“A new study that says spanking is not as bad as previously reported may not be all that well received by his peers. Ferguson admits that there is a liberal bias amongst his peers in the clinical psychology field, saying there has been a moral push in academia for the elimination of spanking. He pointed out that while he is no advocate for spanking children, the numbers were just too narrow for academia to go as far in its conclusions as had been done in the past.”New research out of Stetson University suggests spanking children is not as bad for them as other research projects in the past have shown.Dr. Chris Ferguson, a clinical psychologist at Stetson, has looked a multiple studies on spanking, especially ones that claimed that the spanking of children is predictive of them becoming violent in the future. He said the research is simply lacking.“If you control for other variables like whether the kids had pre-existing behavior problems, or whether their family environments had problems of neglect or abuse, when you control these other things is there any predictive value left over for spanking? The simple answer is no,” he said.Ferguson conducted his own study as well and found, for the most part, spanking children is not a big deal in determining whether or not they will be violent or damaged from it in the future.“There is really no effect that parents need to be worried about for the most part,” Ferguson insisted.Ferguson researched multiple studies done on the effects of spanking children and found several problems with them. The biggest problem was a lack of control for factors other than spanking that would be even more predictive of a violent future than whether or not a child was spanked. This included whether or not the child had behavior problems long before the first spanking and if parents abused the child, going beyond just spanks. Research indicates spanking is more effective for younger children than older children.“Part of it is genetics of course,” Ferguson said. “What we tend to find is the evidence suggests that there is usually a culmination of a pre-existing genetics risk coupled with a harsh environment. We are really talking about neglect, emotional harshness, kids who are told they are not loved by their parents.”READ MORE: https://www.floridadaily.com/spanking-children-might-not-be-that-harmful-stetson-professor-finds/last_img read more

Deer-Vehicle Accidents More Likely In The Fall

first_imgA deer in the headlights is one hazard of driving through Southeastern Indiana.October and November have historically been the worst months for deer-vehicle collisions and the amount of accidents have been on the rise in recent years.In fact, animal-vehicle collisions have gone up dramatically by almost 69 percent since the 1990’s.The rise in deer-vehicle accidents in the fall can be directly linked to multiple factors including the mating season of deer, farmers in the field and more cars on the road, according to District 9 Conservation Officer Bill Beville.“All of those factors are probably the reason why accidents have risen over recent years,” Officer Beville said.“Annually we do see an increase in car-deer collisions in the fall, mainly because of the harvest and mating season.”Hunting season and improved technology that allows farming operations to continue around the clock are also contributing factors.Deer are most active during dawn and dusk. According to Beville, “Drivers should be especially cautious during the two hours window before and after sunrise and sunset.”It is important to always scan the roadway, use high beams, and if a collision is imminent, stay calm and don’t swerve.“Drivers need to be alert and watch for animals entering the roadway. Just by keeping your eyes up and not being distracted by other things, you can greatly decrease the possibility of a deer-car collision.”last_img read more

Dutch star ‘agrees terms’ with Barcelona

first_img Read Also: Barcelona board at war over Lionel Messi sale, asking price The Spanish publication claims Wijnaldum has agreed a three-year deal, with the Catalan club now negotiating a transfer fee with the Premier League champions expected to be in the region of £13million to £18m. Barcelona have signed Miralem Pjanic, but Koeman needs more additions, with Arthur and Ivan Rakitić having departed to Juventus and Sevilla respectively, while Arturo Vidal also looks set to leave. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney Princesses7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Most Handsome Indian ActorsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouIt Looks Like An Ordinary Doughnut, But It Glows In The Dark! Talks between Wijnaldum and Liverpool over a contract extension appear to have hit an impasse, although Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisted last week he was relaxed about the situation. But Wijnaldum has now agreed terms with Barca over a move that will leave Liverpool needing reinforcements, according to Diario Sport .Advertisement Georginio Wijnaldum has agreed terms with Barcelona over a switch from Liverpool, according to one report coming out of Spain. Wijnaldum has been at the centre of speculation over a possible move to the Nou Camp after the midfielder entered the final year of his Reds deal. New Barca head coach Ronald Koeman is believed to be a fan of the 29-year-old, having worked with him during his time as the Dutch national boss. Barcelona boss Koeman and assistants Loading… last_img read more

Napoli keep an eye on Chiesa

first_img read also:Man Utd plan major cash offer for Fiorentina attacker Enrico Chiesa The idea would be to include Andrea Petagna as part of the deal, knowing Fiorentina are still on the search for a centre-forward. Napoli’s main plan had been to sell Milik to Roma in exchange for Cengiz Under plus a cash sum, but those talks appear to have stalled. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Napoli could make a late summer bid for Fiorentina winger, Federico Chiesa, once they sell Kalidou Koulibaly and Arkadiusz Milik, it’s suggested. The Italy international was hot property on the transfer market and has been told he can leave for the right price, believed to be around €60m. However, his recent form and the financial effects of the pandemic have seen the offers whittle down to practically nothing. Now CalcioNapoli24.it suggest the Partenopei could prepare a late in the day swoop once they have raised funds by selling Koulibaly and Milik.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCare To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

43 tracks to receive sanction awards at IMCA national banquet

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Forty-three tracks, representing 22 states and Canada, will be honored with sanction awards during the Nov. 24 IMCA national banquet.In all, 55 track awards will be given in recognition of a cumulative 790 years of sanctioning one or more divisions with IMCA.A 35-year Stock Car award goes to Marshalltown Speedway while Arlington Raceway is recog­nized for 30 years of sanctioning its Modified, Sprint Car and Stock Car divisions.Thirty-year plaques also go to Shawano Speedway for Modifieds and Luxemburg Speedway for Stock Cars.Receiving 25-year awards are Abilene Motor Speedway, Dawson County Raceway, Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway for Modifieds and Independence Motor Speedway for Stock Cars.Twenty-year plaques will be presented to Hancock County Speedway for Modifieds and Stock Cars; Lee County Speedway, Merced Speedway and Rattlesnake Raceway for Modifieds; Quad City Speedway for Late Models; 281 Speedway, Boyd Raceway and Kossuth County Speedway for Stock Cars; and Beatrice Speedway for Hobby Stocks.Tracks to be honored with 15-year awards include Atomic Motor Raceway and Dodge City Race­way Park for Modifieds; Estevan Motor Speedway for Stock Cars; Cardinal Speedway and Daw­son County Raceway for Hobby Stocks; and 281 Speedway for SportMods.Awards for a decade of sanctioning go to Davenport Speedway for Modifieds; Raceway Park for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods; Estevan Motor Speedway and McLean County Speedway for Hobby Stocks; Lee County Speedway and Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway for SportMods; and RPM Speedway and Stuart Speedway for Sport Compacts.And five-year plaques go to Cotton Bowl Speedway for Modifieds, Stock Cars and SportMods; Big Sky Speedway, Buffalo River Race Park, Electric City Speedway, Gallatin Speedway, and Thunder Mountain Speedway for Modifieds; Bakersfield Speedway, Diamond Mountain Speed­way and Salina Speedway for Stock Cars; Casper Speedway, Cocopah Speedway and Desert Thunder Raceway for Hobby Stocks; Norman County Raceway, Southern Oregon Speedway and Sweetwater Speedway for SportMods; and Southwest Speedway for Sport Compacts.Drivers winning champion­ships and rookie of the year awards will be honored and sponsor awards presented during the banquet, at the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in down­town Lincoln.Cocktails are at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony to follow.  Tickets are $35 each and available by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.An order form was published in the October Inside IMCA newsletter and a list of names of those attending should accom­pany each ticket order. Order forms are also included in congratulatory letters to drivers mailed after point standings became official on Monday.Banquet goers can go to the www.IMCA.com/banquet site or call 866-706-7706 to make room reservations or for more information.RSVPs are also requested from those planning to attend the Friday, Nov. 23 open house at the Smith Collection of American Speed, on the Speedway Motors campus in Lincoln.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgU. of Michigan facing more legal action over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A legal team that says it represents more than 100 people who allege they were abused by a University of Michigan sports doctor on Friday announced the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team said it has filed 20-plus notices of intent to sue the Ann Arbor school, its board and Dr. Robert Anderson’s estate. A lawsuit would be among a rising wave of legal action against the school, which is investigating allegations of decades of sexual abuse by Anderson.The university has acknowledged some campus employees were aware of accusations against Anderson before a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team says its clients include Robert Stone, the first to speak publicly about allegations of abuse against Anderson, and female accusers. Update on the latest in sports: Goff creates cap room for Rams to sign Floyd, RobinsonUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams announced the signings of linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson on Friday after quarterback Jared Goff restructured his contract to create salary cap room.Floyd and Robinson agreed to join the Rams as free agents several weeks ago, but the announcements of their deals were delayed because they hadn’t been able to complete their physical exams because of the pandemic.Goff agreed last year to a four-year contract extension with an NFL-record $110 million guaranteed. The extension doesn’t begin until the 2021 season, but Goff agreed to restructure the deal’s money distribution to create breathing room for the Rams.In other NFL news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTFirst night of NFL draft draws record 15.6 million viewersUNDATED (AP) — Housebound football fans gave the NFL a huge boost on Thursday. BASEBALL-OBIT-DALKOWSKIFlame-thrower Dalkowski diesUNDATED (AP) — The hard-throwing, wild left-hander whose minor league career inspired the creation of Nuke LaLoosh in the movie “Bull Durham,” has died.Steve Dalkowski died Sunday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. He was 80. His sister, Patricia Cain, said Friday he had several pre-existing conditions that were complicated when he became infected with the new coronavirus. Dalkowski had been in assisted living for 26 years because of alcoholic dementia.Dalkowski never reached the major leagues but was said to have thrown well over 100 mph. According to “Bull Durham” director and writer Ron Shelton, Ted Williams told him Dalkowski was the fastest he ever saw after facing the southpaw during batting practice at spring training in 1963.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — The Texans have agreed to a three-year, $66 million contract extension with left tackle Laremy Tunsil, according to a person familiar with the situation. He had one year left on his current contract that will pay him more than $10 million this season. Tunsil was named to his first Pro Bowl last season after being acquiring from Miami in August.— Patriots center David Andrews says he is ready to return after missing all of last season with blood clots in his lungs. He says he’s excited to have the opportunity to play again, whenever and however the NFL season begins. Andrews has played four seasons for New England. In 2018, he started every game and participated in 99% of the offensive snaps.— Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) now knows where he’ll play next, but he still doesn’t know when. The Dolphins selected him with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft and are willing to wait until 2021 while Tugavailoa continues to recover from a major hip injury. Tugavailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return this year. General manager Chris Grier said the Dolphins are comfortable about Tagovailoa’s health, despite a long injury history.— The older brother of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has died. Jace Prescott was 31. The Cowboys confirmed the older Prescott’s death yesterday in a brief statement. There was no information on how or where he died. Jace Prescott was an offensive lineman a decade ago at Northwestern State, where he played three years and started all 11 games in his final season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS A team that does not participate in a multiple-team event can have up to 29 regular-season games.MLB-DODGERS-LAWSUITDodgers sued over parking lot attackLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are being sued for negligence by a man who was attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium and left with brain damage.Lawyers for Rafael Reyna and his wife announced the suit, which contends that the stadium lacked adequate security. Rafael Reyna was attacked while walking to his car shortly after midnight following a Dodgers game against Arizona on March 30, 2019. Reyna suffered a brain injury when his head hit the pavement.The suit says he spent days in a medically induced coma and still suffers effects of the injury.A team spokesman said the Dodgers had no comment on the suit.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-PLAYER DEATHCoroner says Cougars player died of acute intoxication Nationals manager expects a 2020 seasonUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo expects there will be a 2020 major league season. In a conference call Friday, Rizzo said: “I’m optimistic, as is the commissioner, that we’ll have baseball in 2020.”The GM said the team’s owners have committed to giving Nationals employees full salary and benefits through the end of May. Baseball has been on hold since last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Cape Cod League executive committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season, saying the unanimous vote was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. The 10-team league is the top summer competition for college baseball players and was scheduled to run from mid-June until August. The league was founded in 1885 and had not missed a season since 1945, the last year of World War II. April 25, 2020center_img — A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city. The deal was originally for 2017 and ’18, but two more years were added after a successful first year. The X Games plans to bring regular and original programming through the World of X Games TV series and on digital and social channels. They will kick off an event called “Real Street” in May. It’s an all-video, all-street skateboarding competition shown on XGames.com.— The rest of the Dutch soccer league has been canceled without a champion declared. Ajax was level on points with second-placed AZ Alkmaar but ahead on goal difference when the league was suspended on March 12. The Dutch soccer federation added it will allocate Champions League and Europa League spots by the current standings. The federation’s decision sparked instant complaints from clubs who felt they had lost out.— Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward has told fans there will be reduced spending on players due to the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. English Premier League games have not been played for more than six weeks and stadiums are due to be closed to fans when the season resumes in June at the earliest.— The U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior golf championships have been canceled. That makes six USGA championships that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Junior Amateur was to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National outside Minneapolis. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was scheduled for July 13-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USGA says it wouldn’t be able to hold qualifying for its two premier junior championships because of health guidelines. State associations were to hold 100 qualifying events in 41 states between May and July.— Triathlon’s world series grand final in Edmonton, Alberta, in August has been canceled because of the pandemic. The decision was inevitable after the Canadian province’s chief medical officer extended the provincial ban on all gatherings of more than 15 people through summer. Edmonton’s triathlon was scheduled for Aug. 17-23. Achiuwa turning proUNDATED (AP) — Memphis freshman Precious Achiuwa has announced he will enter the NBA draft, saying he has dreamed of “playing in the NBA since I picked up the game.” The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Nigerian-born star is projected as a likely first-rounder and possible lottery pick. Achiuwa became the first player in the American Athletic Conference named both player and freshman of the year, averaging 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game after arriving as one of the nation’s top prospects.In other college basketball news:— Texas has landed top basketball recruit Greg Brown III, who had listed the G League as a possibility before decided to attend the college where his father played football. The 6-foot-9 forward from Austin is expected to play just one year in college before turning pro. He had long listed Texas among his top college choices but in the last few days had listed the G League as a possibility.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS PULLMAN, Wash. (AP)— The Whitman County coroner says acute intoxication was the cause of death for a Washington State football player last month.Coroner Annie Pillers said Friday that 22-year-old Bryce Beekman died after consuming a combination of fentanyl and promethazine. She ruled the death as accidental.The senior defensive back from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was found dead in his Pullman apartment March 23.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR NCAA OKs 28- or 29-game schedules for upcoming hoops seasonINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is giving teams new scheduling options for the 2020-21 season.The Division I Council has approved a proposal to give men’s basketball programs choices with 28- and 29-game schedules.The council vote still must be reviewed by the NCAA Board of Directors and won’t be considered final until the conclusion of its board meeting on Wednesday.The proposal will allow schools that schedule 28 regular-season game to participate in one multiple-team event of up to three games. Programs with 29-game regular-season schedules can participate in a multiple-team event with up to two games. — The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games. The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021. More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials.— FIFA (FEE’-fuh) says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle. International soccer’s governing body says the next installment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”— The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season. There are no dates for the postponed semifinals, which were originally scheduled to be played this week.— Some overnight rain couldn’t prevent Vanuatu from producing a rarity in these coronavirus-restricted times: a live sporting event. The tropical island in the South Pacific was likely the only venue in the world hosting a competitive sports final, as most international sport remains shuttered around the globe. Vanuatu Cricket Association chief executive Shane Deitz invited anyone missing live action to tune in to a live stream.  And more than 3,000 did at various times during a men’s 10-over exhibition match and the women’s Twenty20 final won by the Mele Bulls.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE The first night of this week’s NFL draft averaged 15.6 million viewers on television, easily shattering the record set six years ago.The first round was aired on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. Viewership peaked from 8:45-9 p.m. EDT when 19.6 million people tuned in, according to Nielsen. That is up 37% over last year’s 11.4 million.The previous high was 12.4 million in 2014, when the draft was held in early May.The draft was the first live U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic. The draft originally was to be held in Las Vegas but is taking place virtually.The draft resumed from with second- and third-round selections. After having a record 15 of the 32 players in the first round of the draft come from the SEC, another 10 came off the board in Round 2.Seven more wide receivers went in the second round, one more than in Day 1. The wideouts included Florida’s Van Jefferson to the Rams and Baylor’s Denzel Mims to the Jets. With 13 receivers taken in the first two rounds, it breaks the record of 12 set in 2014.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was selected by the in the second round with the 53rd overall pick. He was the fifth QB selected in the draft, and the first in the second round.Round 2 was the running back round, with five high-profile players coming off the board. Green Bay used a second-round pick on running back A.J. Dillon, taking the Boston College workhorse with the 62nd overall selection.NFL-NEWS Associated Press last_img read more

Student named Scholar of the Year finalist

first_imgSophomore Omar Garcia thought he may not go to college until he opened the white envelope labeled “Hispanic Scholarship Fund.” Now a chemical engineering major at USC, Garcia dedicated much of his high school career toward fostering a passion for STEM subjects in his high school and local community, a passion that earned him a Gates Millennium Scholarship and the opportunity to attend USC.Last week, he was one of 10 students honored as a Scholar of the Year finalist for recipients of Hispanic Scholarship Fund awards, which provide Hispanic-American students with the resources they need to obtain a higher education.“I remember when I got [the scholarship] I was so happy,” Garcia said. “I was screaming outside by my mailbox, calling my mom and yelling ‘I’m going to college.’ Before that moment, I had gotten into college, but since the cost of going to university is so high, I wasn’t quite sure where I was going to go.”Garcia spent his senior year of high school tutoring students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program. For one hour each school day, he led a class, helping his peers in subjects ranging from chemistry to calculus.“I have always been passionate about education and I want to bring other minority students into higher education, specifically in STEM subjects,” Garcia said.Shortly after arriving at USC, Garcia joined SCout, an organization designed to promote scientific literacy on campus and in the local area. SCout volunteers visit nearby elementary schools to enhance their science curriculum by introducing supplemental instruction that fosters greater interest in the sciences, motivating students to consider careers as engineers, doctors, educators and scientists.“Our motto in SCout is ‘To teach kids, you’ve got to be a kid,’” Garcia said. “To me, this means that sometimes you have to go out of your comfort zone to make sure the kids are having fun and being inspired to pursue their dreams.”This year, Garcia served as SCout’s experiment manager — creating lesson plans, purchasing and distributing SCout’s material inventory among three elementary schools and keeping a comprehensive science journal each semester. Next year, Garcia will take on an even greater role — that of club president.SCout’s current president, Kristen Zung, said that she believes Garcia will be a perfect fit for this position, citing his leadership qualities as evidence of his potential.“Omar possesses that charisma that makes you want to listen to what he has to say,” Zung said. “He also has a personable, easy-going energy about him that makes him very approachable. When Omar talks, you want to listen.”In addition to playing an active role in SCout, Garcia is also the co-director of volunteering for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, an organization that he says has provided him with a strong sense of community and support, especially when outside pressures began to overwhelm him.“There’s a lot of pressure on Latinos to do well because we are so underrepresented on college campuses,” Garcia said. “Everyone in SHPE wants to excel, not just academically but professionally as well. We know that a lot of people in the Latino community look up to us, so we feel that it is our job to make our families and community proud.”Fellow SHPE member and chemical engineering major Cecilia Quintana Baez praised Garcia’s dedication to service, noting that he is an inspiration to Hispanic students at USC and in the local community.“Omar is dedicated to supporting younger members of the Latino community through different outreach programs, especially when it comes to STEM,” Baez said. “He continues to raise the bar for all students, but specifically for Latinos and Hispanics at USC. He serves as an exemplary leader who balances academic excellence with community involvement, all while maintaining a positive outlook and bringing smiles to all who have the pleasure to meet him.”As a result of his involvement in various service and leadership-oriented programs, Garcia was invited to a dinner hosted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund last Wednesday at the JW Marriott Los Angeles.“The dinner was amazing because I was surrounded by this group of ambitious students who all had desires to make a positive impact on society,” Garcia said. “I know all the attendees are going to change the world in some way and I hope I can join them in that endeavor.”last_img read more

Annenberg, Unruh host inauguration viewing

first_imgStudents and faculty gathered in Wallis Annenberg Hall on Friday morning to watch Donald Trump be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president. The event, which analyzed the inauguration ceremony and featured live updates from Annenberg students in the Capitol, was co-hosted by the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Unruh Director Bob Shrum and CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan led a discussion with students, faculty and staff, as well as outside guests such as Probolsky Research Chief Operating Officer Justin Wallin, before and after the swearing-in. They discussed their predictions for Trump’s speech, the significance of the inaugural event and election as a whole and their impressions and analyses post-ceremony. Sarah Collins, a senior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism and political science — one of several Annenberg students who attended the inauguration in Washington, D.C. — was able to Skype into the event and share her experiences live. The discussion before the ceremony centered around Trump’s previous rhetoric, the importance of the tone he employs and what his election means for students.Shrum said that the most important thing to watch out for was the tone that Trump adopts in his speech, which could be a more accurate look at what he will actually be like as president. “I think one thing we have to be aware of as we get ready for this speech is the President-elect benefits from low expectations, and the last several weeks created an atmosphere in which people don’t necessarily expect a lot of this speech,” Shrum said. “I think this speech will be a really important clue to how he is actually going to behave as president.” Journalism professor Judy Muller said that she thinks it’s important to look at the protesters, as this is unlike any election she has seen before. “Everybody is always disappointed when their person doesn’t win,” Muller said. “It happened after Bush, it happened after Reagan, it happens every time [and] the losers go ‘oh, well’ and they shrug and move on. But this feels different. This feels like a resistance movement starting right off the bat.”    At the conclusion of the ceremony, both Shrum and Cowan offered their own insights. Shrum called Trump’s speech “startlingly angry.” “It was dark — it was more a campaign speech for his base than a traditional inaugural address,” Shrum said. “He mentioned ‘all Americans’ but in my view he didn’t say much of anything to the majority of Americans who didn’t vote for him. [It] is absolutely clear to me from his speech that he has a very definite program and he intends to pursue it.” Cowan added that it was interesting to him that Trump seemed to denounce everyone on the platform. “This wasn’t a Republican speech or a Democratic speech,” Cowan said. “It was something else.” Students contributed to the discussion and provided numerous viewpoints after being encouraged by Shrum and Cowan. Many students voiced concerns about what the next four years will be like, while a few defended Trump. Caroline Wohl, a freshman majoring in journalism who attended the event, said that it was difficult for her to know which sources to trust throughout the election cycle, and she appreciated being able to watch the ceremony without any commentary.“I couldn’t find a source that was unbiased, so coming here and being able to see it firsthand with my own eyes [and] not have any commentary during the actual event and talking about it after made me solidify my opinions and learn more about the whole subject,” Wohl said. Wohl said she thought students’ comments about Trump’s speech were very valid and that she values being at a school where students are able to speak their minds. She reiterated part of the discussion that journalists will continue to play a key role in politics. “As the professors were saying, journalists are so important right now because we don’t really know what’s going to happen,” Wohl said. “In the past there have been some attacks on journalists, especially in the past year, so I think now more than ever there’s a certain duty that we have to stay informed and report the truth.”last_img read more

Young the Giant discusses new album, social issues

first_imgStudents gathered at Bovard Auditorium Tuesday to see members from rock band Young the Giant speak about their most recent album, Home of the Strange, as well as their opinions on current immigration issues. Sameer Gadhia, lead vocalist of rock band Young the Giant, said that the group hopes to create more conversation regarding social issues by creating music that touches on these topics. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThe talk was organized by USC Speakers Committee, USC Service Student Assembly, USC International Student Assembly and USC Political Student Assembly. The event featured lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia, guitarist Jacob Tilley and bass guitarist Payam Doostzadeh of Young the Giant, and was moderated by USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni. Soni began the event by discussing current social issues, particularly racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and transphobia, which have been “grappled with very publicly over the last two years.”“From the persecution [of] undocumented immigrants and refugees to the increase in civil rights challenges for LGBTQ … it has been a very challenging time for all of us who aspire to live up to our ideals of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice,” Soni said.As the Dean of Religious Life, Soni said he has witnessed the impact these political issues have had on campus. According to Soni, government decisions have caused DACA students and staff to worry about their futures, and international students have been affected by the travel bans.“We need musicians … who are politically engaged, spiritually astute, socially active,” Soni said. “Musicians who are voices for peace, reconciliation and justice … So we are very fortunate to spend this evening with Young the Giant.” During the event, Young the Giant members discussed their 2016 song “Amerika.” Unlike previous songs, “Amerika” delves into political issues and addresses themes like displacement. Band members discussed this shift in terms of the types of music the group has produced over time.“We’ve been doing this for almost 10 years now, which is crazy,” Gadhia said. “And the first two albums, we were trying to establish ourselves. For this third record, we wanted to show a little more of who we were and pay homage to our parents because we wouldn’t have been here without them.” According to Gadhia, the group noticed the “undercurrent” of anger and division throughout the nation, which continued to grow following the 2016 presidential election. Gadhia said the group became more exposed to these social issues, and by creating music that touches on these topics, they hope to generate more conversation.“I don’t necessarily think we are a political band,” Gadhia said. “I think all art, even if it’s not conscious, can give a political or social snapshot of that time. So this record for us I guess it could be considered as a political record, but in a lot of ways we’re just talking about what we want to talk about.” Doostzadeh said that “Amerika” was inspired by Franz Kafka’s incomplete first novel, regarding the current discussion on immigration. According to Doostzadeh, the novel is about a German child who sneaks into America to pursue the American Dream. “And every time he feels like he’s feeling comfortable, there is this strange feeling where everything also feels like it’s falling beneath him,” Doostzadeh said. “[It’s this] idea of the ‘in between,’ the place that doesn’t exist between where your family came from, where you might have come from, where you are now and the different cultural expectations and ideas of the American Dream.” Tilley ended the conversation with closing remarks about how he ultimately finds the motivation to pursue his passions and his aspirations for the band.“We’re striving to be the band that we can be,” Tilley said. “We want to find passion projects and I think all of us are trying to find what the next 10 years look like in our careers and personal lives. What gives me hope is you guys. Sometimes I struggle to find it from within, but I just see you guys to find motivation.”last_img read more

Volleyball breakdown: Sixth-seeded Wisconsin led by Gillis, Carlini in first-round win over Oregon

first_imgIn the NCAA Tournament, the name of the game is “survive and advance.”No. 6 Wisconsin (25-6) extended its winning streak to 13 as it defeated a scrappy Oregon (16-14) team 3-1.After a sloppy start to the match, Wisconsin won the first set behind the offensive prowess of outside hitter Kelli Bates. Bates led all hitters in the first set with eight kills and fueled the Badger attack to a 25-18 Game 1 victory.Game 2 was a much different story, however. After Wisconsin got off to another quick start, Oregon responded valiantly turning the set in their favor and setting up what would be an intense second half of the match. Oregon was led by attackers Martenne Bettendorf and Taylor Agost, who had five and four kills, respectively.Oregon carried their set 2 momentum into the third set and jumped ahead 6-3. However, the seasoned Badgers would not be foiled and used a balanced attack to win the 3rd and 4th sets to end any hope of an Oregon upset.Offensive Player of the Game: Lauryn GillisGillis had a game high 14 kills and continuously energized the crowd and her team with massive spikes that swung crucial points in Wisconsin’s favor. Gillis also was a surgeon on the outside committing only one error in her 36 attempts.Defensive Player of the Game: Lauren CarliniCarlini, mentioned as the top setter in the country by Oregon’s head coach Jim Moore, had a career high seven blocks and was a constant thorn in the side of the Ducks attack. In addition to her presence at the net, she had 11 digs and was constantly running cross-court to organize the Badger offense.QuotableOregon head coach Jim Moore on Lauren Carlini:“Great team, obviously, with the best setter in the country, there’s no question about that. They played great defense and did a lot of really good things, so congratulations to them.”Lauren Carlini on her career high seven blocks:“It’s always exciting getting a block, especially if it’s you and someone else and you both touch the ball. It’s very personal. It just goes straight down and it’s just a good feeling and it creates a lot of momentum for the team. That’s one of the parts of the game that I’ve really been working on the last few weeks and so I think it’s finally starting to come together and it’s starting to show.”Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield on Oregon and the match in general:“That was a heck of a battle. That is a really, really good team and it’s unbelievable, as you go through and you’re watching a team, I don’t know how many matches we had of them, but you see the type of team that they were for half of the season, two-thirds of the season, and what they were the last part of the season.”last_img read more